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By Edward Vickers,Krishna Kumar

In many non-Western contexts, modernization has tended to be equated with Westernization, and consequently with an abandonment of genuine indigenous identities and values. this can be obvious within the contemporary background of many Asian societies, the place efforts to modernize – spurred on through the spectre of overseas domination – have usually been followed by way of made up our minds makes an attempt to stamp nationwide versions of modernity with the emblem of neighborhood authenticity: ‘Asian values’, ‘Chinese characteristics’, a eastern cultural ‘essence’ etc. Highlighting (or exaggerating) institutions among the extra unsettling outcomes of modernization and alien effect has therefore shaped a part of a technique wherein elites in lots of Asian societies have sought to build new sorts of legitimacy for previous styles of dominance over the hundreds. The equipment of contemporary structures of mass schooling, usually inherited from colonial rulers, has been only one software in such campaigns of nation legitimation.


This booklet offers analyses of more than a few modern tasks of citizenship formation throughout Asia on the way to determine these concerns and matters such a lot crucial to Asian debates over the development of contemporary identities. Its major concentration is on education, but in addition examines different autos for citizenship-formation, akin to museums and the web; the position of faith (in specific Islam) in debates over citizenship and id in yes Asian societies; and the connection among state-centred id discourses and the event of more and more ‘globalized’ elites.


With chapters from a global staff of individuals, this interdisciplinary quantity will attract scholars and students of Asian tradition and society, Asian schooling, comparative schooling and citizenship.

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