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ERIC Number: EJ813797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
School and "Madrasah" Education: Gender and the Strategies of Muslim Young Men in Rural North India
Jeffrey, Craig; Jeffery, Roger; Jeffery, Patricia
Compare: A Journal of Comparative Education, v38 n5 p581-593 Oct 2008
This paper explores the cultural and economic strategies of educated but un/under-employed young Muslim men aged between 20 and 34 in a village in western Uttar Pradesh, north India. Drawing on Connell's gender theory, the paper demonstrates how economic and political forces shape Muslim young men's strategies. The paper distinguishes between "school-educated" men, some of whom had studied in "madrasahs" for long periods, and the ""madrasah"-educated". Concentrating on school-educated men, we discuss their perceptions of education, and how these relate to their search for a respectable masculinity and what they regard as "good work". We also show how uneducated Muslim young men with alternative visions of education criticise the strategies of their educated peers. We use this account of Muslim young men's practices to emphasise the value of a culturally sensitive political economy approach to the analysis of threatened masculinities. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India