Religion, Community, and Education.: The Case of Rural Bihar by Sanjeer Alam

Religion, Community, and Education.: The Case of Rural Bihar

bySanjeer Alam

Hardcover | February 27, 2012

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In recent times, religion-based educational disparities in India, especially between Hindus and Muslims, have been the focus of passionate debate. Yet, there is considerable gap in understanding the dynamics of religion and propensity to education. This book assesses literacy and educationallevels among Hindus and Muslims in rural Bihar as well as the disparity therein. The author uses a distinctive conceptual and analytical framework to examine educational disparities in schooling between these religious communities in particular. In doing so, he applies spatially embedded historical trajectories to examine their educational development. It is argued thatreligious communities have to be seen as spatially embedded rather than as homogeneous socio-cultural aggregates, for spatial locatedness reflects varying and complicated patterns of socio-economic and educational outcomes. The study is based on extensive fieldwork conducted in rural Bihar, covering300 households and 700 schoolchildren. It also draws upon empirical data from the Census and NSSO.

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M. Sanjeer Alam is Research Associate, Lokniti, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

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Title:Religion, Community, and Education.: The Case of Rural BiharFormat:HardcoverDimensions:258 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:February 27, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198076940

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List of Tables and FiguresForewordPrefaceAcknowledgementsPART I: Introduction;1. Iniquities in Education in India: Genesis and Dimensions;2. Religion and Educational Inequality: Past and Present;3. Religion and Education: Theoretical Foundations;PART II:4. Understanding the Context: Structures and Processes;5. Religion and Educational Attainment: A Micro View;6. Unpacking the Dynamics of Inequality in Education; Summary and ConclusionAppendicesBibliographyIndex