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Colonial Childhoods

Colonial Childhoods

The Juvenile Periphery of India 1850-1945

By Satadru Sen

An exploration of the shaping of childhood in the colonial period.

PDF, 248 Pages

ISBN:9781843313625

January 2005

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'Colonial Childhoods' is about the politics of childhood in India between the 1860s and the 1930s. It examines not only the redefinition of the 'child' in the cultural and intellectual climate of colonialism, but also the uses of the child, the parent and the family in colonizing and nationalizing projects. It investigates also the complications of transporting metropolitan discourses of childhood, adulthood and expertise across the lines of race. Focused on reformatories and laws for juvenile delinquents, and boarding schools for aristocratic children, it illuminates a vital area of conflict and accommodation in a colonial society.

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Satadru Sen teaches South Asian history at Washington University in St Louis. His research interests are in colonial India, the history of discipline, the history of youth and issues of race and identity.

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Anthem South Asian Studies

Anthem Nineteenth-Century Series

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. State of the Experiment: Experts, Parents and the Reformatory; 2. The Nature of the Beast: The Content of Instiutionalized Childhood; 3. Experimental Childhoods: Pain and the Reformatory; 4. Gendering the Reformatory; 5. Masters and Servants: School, Home and the Aristocratic Childhood; 6. The Politics of Deracination; Conlusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index

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