Hindi Is Our Ground, English Is Our Sky: Education, Language, and Social Class in Contemporary India

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Berghahn Books, 01.01.2014 - 236 Seiten
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A sea change has occurred in the Indian economy in the last three decades, spurring the desire to learn English. Most scholars and media venues have focused on English exclusively for its ties to processes of globalization and the rise of new employment opportunities. The pursuit of class mobility, however, involves Hindi as much as English in the vast Hindi-Belt of northern India. Schools are institutions on which class mobility depends, and they are divided by Hindi and English in the rubric of “medium,” the primary language of pedagogy. This book demonstrates that the school division allows for different visions of what it means to belong to the nation and what is central and peripheral in the nation. It also shows how the language-medium division reverberates unevenly and unequally through the nation, and that schools illustrate the tensions brought on by economic liberalization and middle-class status.

 

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Introduction
1
Language Ideology Inequality and Contradiction
36
The Uneven Resonance of LanguageMedium Schooling in the Nation
68
Modes of Communication and the Production of School Value
108
Questioning the Inevitability of the LanguageMedium Divide
137
A Focus on English
155
Conclusion
183
References
192
Index
209
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Chaise LaDousa is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. His publications include House Signs and Collegiate Fun: Sex, Race, and Faith in a College Town (Indiana University Press, 2011) and articles in a number of peer-reviewed journals such as American Ethnologist, Journal of American Folklore, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Journal of Pragmatics, and Language in Society.

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