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The Impact of Education in South Asia

Perspectives from Sri Lanka to Nepal

  • Helen E. Ullrich


  • Presents studies from a wide range of South Asian locations, including rural and urban, metropolitan, and provincial

  • Offers in-depth, longitudinal studies on the impact of education over time and across castes and communities in South Asia

  • Valuable for scholars of anthropology, education, women and gender studies, and social psychology


Part of the Anthropological Studies of Education book series (ASE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Ann Grodzins Gold, Chinu Gujar, Ghumar Gujar, Madhu Gujar
    Pages 83-110
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 299-308

About this book


This edited volume focuses on the impact of education among different social groups in different geographical areas of South Asia. The chapters illustrate the effects of formal education on castes ranging from Dalits to Brahmins, Buddhists, and Christians, even as they consider a range of topics such as the relevance of practical knowledge prior to formal teaching, the personal educational experiences of young women, missionary education, curriculum, and the challenges and benefits of Information Technology. The geographical areas range from Sri Lanka and Nepal to various Indian states, including Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Maharastra, Odisha, and Rajasthan.


professional development education South Asia educational opportunities caste class affiliation ethnographic ethnography women’s education patriarchy gender norms intergenerational ritual

Editors and affiliations

  • Helen E. Ullrich
    • 1
  1. 1.Tulane University Medical SchoolNew OrleansUSA

About the editors

Helen E. Ullrich, M.D., Ph.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice, as well as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Tulane University Medical School, USA. Her published works include three books (most recently, The Women of Totagadde: Broken Silence) and numerous articles in linguistics, psychiatry, transcultural psychiatry, and anthropology.  

Bibliographic information


The Impact of Education in South Asia is a stunning collection of essays written by experienced anthropologists of South Asia. The volume identifies themes and variations in educational opportunities and outcomes in Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal across much of the past half-century.  Especially welcome is the manner in which contributors apply anthropological concepts of patrifocality, hypergamy, social stratification, and intersectionality to analyze reasons for schools' impact and effects on gendered and generational relations in South Asia.  The result of contributors' fine-grained research and fieldwork methods is to show that schooling operates well beyond, and sometimes regardless of, what is outlined in the formal curriculum. This collection is sure to set a new direction for the anthropological study of education for the next generation.” (Amy Stambach, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)