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Description - Schooling Passions by Veronique Benei

Schooling Passions explores an important, yet often overlooked dimension of nationalism-its embodied and emotional components. It does so by focusing on another oft-neglected area, that of elementary education in the modern state. Through an ethnographic study of schools in western India, Veronique Benei examines the idioms through which teachers, students, and parents make meaning of their political world. She articulates how urban middle- and lower-class citizens negotiate the processes of self-making through the minutiae of daily life at school and extracurricular activities, ranging from school trips to competitions and parent gatherings. To document how processes of identity formation are embodied, Benei draws upon cultural repertoires of emotionality. This book shifts the typical focus of attention away from communal violence onto everyday "banal nationalism." Paying due attention to the formulation of "senses of belonging," this book explores the sensory production and daily manufacture of nationhood and citizenship and how nationalism is nurtured in a nation's youth.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780804759069
ISBN-10: 0804759065
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Stanford University Press
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publish Date: 9-May-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Veronique Benei

Veronique Benei is Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics, Department of Anthropology where she has taught since 1997, and holds a permanent position as Senior Research Fellow with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (LAIOS/IIAC). She has also taught at Princeton University and Yale University.

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