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Arathi Sriprakash

Reader in Sociology

Member of the Board, Comparative Education

Member of the Board, International Studies in Sociology of Education

Member of the Board, Race, Ethnicity and Education

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My research and teaching is centrally concerned with the politics of social reform in and through education. I am particularly interested in how 'education' - whether an ideal, a practice, or an institution -  can govern and contest matters of inequality and difference. This has been reflected in my ethnographic work on education reform in the Indian and Australian contexts, as well as more recent research on state reforms of childhood and the family.

Animating my research is an abiding interest in the politics of knowledge. I am working on a project which draws on postcolonial historical sociology to examine the contested science of education and international development, particularly relating to theories of childhood. This work has been funded by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.

I am also co-writing a book called Learning Whiteness: Education and the Settler-Colonial State. This work builds on ongoing collaborations with Sophie Rudolph and Jessica Gerrard (both at the University of Melbourne). We are examining how systems of racial domination in the settler colony of Australia are produced through ongoing educative efforts of the state – both in terms of formal education systems as well as through the public pedagogies of the nation.

I convene the Faculty of Education's Race, Empire and Education Research Collective, and co-convened the Decolonising Curriculum in Theory and Practice Research Group at CRASSH. Here are some of my thoughts on racism in the academy:

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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

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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).

Gerrard, J. and Sriprakash, A. (Eds.) (2019) Migration, Borders and Education: International Sociological Inquiries. London: Routledge.

Selected Journal Articles

Sriprakash, A, Sutoris, P, Myers, K. (2019) The science of childhood and the pedagogy of the state: Postcolonial development in India, 1950s. Journal of Historical Sociology. 1– 15.

Sriprakash, A., Tikly, L., Walker, S. (2019) The erasures of racism in education and international development: re-reading the global learning crisis. Compare: Journal of Comparative and International Education. DOI 10.1080/03057925.2018.1559040

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.

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

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.

Arathi Sriprakash

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