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A new book edited by Ravi Kumar

Aakar Books




Praise for the volume:

‘The book presents a set of papers that illuminate in profound ways how the wide-angle historical frames provided by Marxist analysis facilitate our understanding of the details embedded in national and more local educational contexts. Neoliberalism attacks human dignity. The consequences of social, economic, and educational policies that exacerbate inequality, magnify exploitation, and undermine personal and social freedoms are clearly analyzed by each of the contributors. The circumstances are dire and readers will most certainly be outraged as they learn how neoliberal policies and practices reduce the process of education to a commodity and teachers and learners to elements in formula for the relentless production of profit. This volume presents a clear and compelling analysis of how neoliberal thought and practice has transformed education at the policy level in India and in the process distorted the official aims of education as well as social relations among teachers and learners. Most importantly, however, these chapters provide insights into how we might channel our rage against neoliberal capitalist mechanisms into the creation of new visions of resistance to educational practices that privilege profits over people.’

E. Wayne Ross, University of British Columbia


‘Editor Ravi Kumar has assembled the finest scholarship to investigate key questions in regard to the relationship of the development of modern capitalism, its connections to empire, the role of the state, and the resulting impact on education. The essays within go to the core: what is valued as “knowledge” now? Who shall schools serve? Indeed: Why have school? The critical reader will find new questions, and profound answers.’

Rich Gibson, Professor Emeritus, San Diego State University, USA


Ravi Kumar teaches at the Department of Sociology, South Asian University, New Delhi.

Editor, South Asia, The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies
Blog: Reflections

Recent book: Education, State and Market: Anatomy of Neoliberal Impact

Forthcoming: Social Movements: Transformative Shifts and Turning Points




1.  Education, State, and Market: Anatomy of Neoliberal Impact: An Introduction
Ravi Kumar

2.  Changing Discourses on Inequality and Disparity: From Welfare State to Neoliberal Capitalism
Vikas Gupta

3.  The Story of Dismantling of Higher Education in India: The Unfolding Crisis
G. Haragopal

4.  Commoditizing Higher Education: The Assault of Neoliberal Barbarism
Madhu Prasad

5.  Caught between ‘Neglect’ and a Private ‘Makeover’: Government Schools in Delhi
Radhika Menon

6.  The Language Question: The Battle to Take Back the Imagination
Harjinder Singh ‘Laltu’

7.  Constitution of Language: Neoliberal Practices in Multi-lingual India
Samir Karmakar

8.  A Relevant Economics for India: Dark Past, Bleak Future
Rajesh Bhattacharya

9.  Mapping the Changes in Legal Education in India
Srinivas Burra

10.  Countering Neoliberal Conception of Knowledge, Building Emancipatory Discourse: A Historical Overview of Phule-Ambedkar’s Critique and Gandhian Nai Taleem
Anil Sadgopal

11.  A Dialogue for Mass Movement for Democratic Education System
D. Ramesh Patnaik

12.  Afterword: Narratives of Resistance: The Case of Struggle for a Common School System in Tamil Nadu
Prince Gajendra Babu


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