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Arathi Sriprakash

Sociologist of Education

Joint Editor, International Studies in Sociology of Education

Member of the Board, Comparative Education

Member of the Board, Race, Ethnicity and Education

Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney

Associate, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge

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  • PhD Sociology of Education (Cambridge)
  • MPhil Politics Democracy and Education (Cambridge)
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Honours) (University of Melbourne)
  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Melbourne)

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My research is centrally concerned with the transnational politics and practice of education reform. I am particularly interested in how matters of inequality and difference are governed and contested in education. This has been reflected in my sociological work on education policy relating to pedagogy and assessment in the Indian and Australian contexts, as well as more recent research on state reforms of childhood and the family. I am currently working with colleagues in India on a sociology of early childhood care and education.

Animating my research is an abiding interest in the politics of knowledge in education systems and practices. In 2018 I will be working on a project, Concepts and Politics in Indian Schooling, which draws on postcolonial historical sociology to examine the contested science of education and international development, particularly relating to theories of childhood. This work is funded by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.

I convene the Faculty of Education's Race, Empire and Education Research Concentration, and co-convene the Decolonising Curriculum in Theory and Practice Research Group within the Consortium for the Global South (POLIS).

I am currently the Coordinator of the Education, Policy and International Development track of the Education Tripos, and I bring sociological perspectives to the interdisciplinary undergraduate, masters, and PhD programmes at the Faculty of Education.

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  • Postgraduate
    • PhD Supervision
    • MPhil Education, Globalisation and International Development
  • Undergraduate
    • Education Studies Tripos: Sociology papers, Prelim, Part I and Part II
    • Education Studies Tripos: Modernity and Globalisation
    • Education Studies Tripos: Education, Inclusion and Diversity

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Books and Edited Collections

Sriprakash, A. (2012). Pedagogies for Development: the politics and practice of child-centred education in India. Dordrecht, Springer.

Hopkins, L. and Sriprakash, A. eds. (2016). The ‘Poor Child’: the cultural politics of education, development and childhood. London, Routledge.

Welch A., Connell R., Mockler N., Sriprakash A., Proctor H., Hayes D., Foley D., Vickers M., Bagnall N., Burns K., Low R., and Groundwater-Smith S. (2017) Education, Change and Society, (Fourth Edition). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Takayama, K., Sriprakash, A., and Connell, R. (eds.) (2017) Contesting coloniality: Re-thinking knowledge production and circulation in Comparative and International Education. Comparative Education Review, 61 (S1).

Journal Articles

Rudolph, S. Sriprakash, A., Gerrard, J. (2018). Knowledge and Racial Violence: the shine and shadow of 'powerful knowledge'. Ethics and Education Online First DOI: 10.1080/17449642.2018.1428719

Maithreyi, R. and Sriprakash, A. (2018) The governance of families in India: education, rights and responsibility. Comparative Education. Online First DOI: 10.1080/03050068.2018.1430299

Proctor, H. and Sriprakash, A. (2017) Race and Legitimacy: historical formations of academically selective schooling in Australia. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Online First DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1315859

Takayama, K., Sriprakash, A., and Connell, R.W. (2017) Towards a postcolonial comparative and international education. Comparative Education Review. 61 (S1): 1-24

Sriprakash, A., Qi, J., and Singh, M. (2016) The uses of equality in an elite school in India: enterprise and merit. British Journal of Sociology of Education. DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2016.1218754

Gerrard, J., Rudolph, S., and Sriprakash, A. (2016) The politics of post-qualitative inquiry: history and power. Qualitative Inquiry DOI: 10.1177/1077800416672694

Sriprakash, A., Proctor, H., and Hu, B. (2015). Visible Pedagogic Work: parenting, private tutoring, and educational advantage in Australia. Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education. OnlineFirst.

Sriprakash, A. and Mukhopadhyay, R. (2015) Reflexivity and the Politics of Knowledge: educational researchers as ‘brokers’ and ‘translators’ of international development. Comparative Education. vol 51, no 2, pp 231-246.

Loughland, A. and Sriprakash, A. (2014) Bernstein Revisited: the recontextualisation of equity in contemporary Australian school education. British Journal of Sociology of Education.

Sriprakash, A., Possamai, A., and Brackenreg, E. (2014). Cosmopolitan tensions: Religious diversity in an Australian university. A E R (Australian Educational Researcher), vol 41 no 3, pp 227-242.

Sriprakash, A. (2013). New learner subjects? Reforming the rural child for a modern India. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, vol 34, no 3, pp 325-337

Mukhopadyay, R. and Sriprakash, A. (2013). Target-driven reform: Education for All and the translations of equity in India. Journal of Education Policy, vol 28 no 3, pp 306-321

Reid, C. and Sriprakash, A. (2012) The possibility of cosmopolitan learning: reflecting on new directions in Australian multicultural teacher-education. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, vol 40 no 1, pp 15–29

Sriprakash, A. (2012). Desirable schooling: Re-framing Chinese educational success. Australian Review of Public Affairs, April 2012.

Turner, B.S., Halse, C. and Sriprakash, A. (2011) Cosmopolitanism: religion and kinship among young people in South Western Sydney. Journal of Sociology Online First.

Sriprakash, A. (2011) The contributions of Bernstein’s sociology to educational development research. British Journal of Sociology of Education vol 32 no 4, pp 521-539.

Mukhopadyay, R. and Sriprakash, A. (2011) Global frameworks, local contingencies: policy translations and educational development. Compare: a Journal of Comparative and International Education vol 41 no 3, pp 311-326.

Sriprakash, A. (2011) Being a teacher in contexts of change: classroom reforms and the repositioning of teachers’ work in India. Contemporary Educational Dialogue vol 8 no 1, pp 5-31.

Sriprakash, A. (2010) Child-centred education and the promise of democratic learning: Pedagogic messages in rural Indian primary schools. International Journal of Educational Development vol 30 no 3, pp 297-304.

Sriprakash, A. (2009) ‘Joyful Learning’ in Rural Indian Primary Schools: an analysis of social control in the context of child-centred discourses. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education vol 39, no 5, pp 629-641.

Book Chapters

Gerrard, J & Sriprakash, A. (2016) Postcolonialism, Gender and Education. In: Peters, M (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy. Dordrecht: Springer

Sriprakash, A. and Proctor, H. (2014) ‘Social Class and Education’ in Connell, R.W., et al. Education, Change and Society (Third Edition). Melbourne, Oxford University Press.

Proctor, H. and Sriprakash, A. (2014) ‘School Systems and School Choice’ in Connell, R.W., et al. Education, Change and Society (Third Edition). Melbourne, Oxford University Press.

Sriprakash, A. and Possamai, A. (2011) Hindu nationalism, neo-liberalism, and ‘development’ in India. In: Barbalet, J., Possamai., and Turner, B. Religion and the State: From Deprivatisation to Securitisation, and From Pietism to Consumerism, London, Anthem Press.

Creative Works and Commentary

Proctor, H. and Sriprakash, A (2017) ‘Selective Schools’ long and tangled history with race and class’ in The Conversation

Sriprakash, A. and Loughland, A. (2014) 'Testing Democracy: NAPLAN produces culture of compliance' in The Conversation.

Sriprakash, A. (2013) Dallas Fort Worth (original poetry) Antipodes: a global journal of Australian and New Zealand Literature. vol 27 no 1 p 79.