Shaping a Nation: An Examination of Education in Pakistan (Oxford in Pakistan Readings in Sociology and Social Anthropology)

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Education is the key to transforming a society and Shaping a Nation is particularly pertinent because of the use and misuse of education in Pakistan. The contributors support efforts at widening access to formal education but recognize that education has consequences and that while some, perhaps most, are beneficial, others can be highly damaging. Thus, while literacy in Pakistan has slowly but steadily improved, there has been a corresponding increase in social fragmentation and dissatisfaction. To illustrate their viewpoints, the contributors examine the profound impact of General Zia's Islamization programs in the 1980s, which continue to shape the scope of what is possible within formal education. The authors also examine the wide rift between the various state-funded and private schooling opportunities. State-funded education currently lags behind the UN Millennium Development Goals and this inadequate provision has left a vacuum for other groups to move in and introduce rival agendas.

All of the contributions focus on particular aspects of education across Pakistan. They identify a number of the issues involved in providing high quality mass education, including the language of instruction, source of financing, nationalist and religious agendas embedded within the curricula, gender role expectations, and historical legacies which have shaped the educational environment. Nestled in amongst the complex issues are examples of high quality education and dedicated educationalists who achieve daily miracles. Thus, Shaping a Nation portrays a range of views on how education in Pakistan is, what it could be, and perhaps most importantly what it ought to be.

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Stephen Lyon is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Durham in the UK. He has conducted extended fieldwork in Punjab, Pakistan and Fukui, Japan with a particular focus on local models of governance and socialisation. He has written numerous scholarly articles on models of culture and communication and is the author of An Anthropological Analysis of Local Politics and Patronage in a Pakistani Village.
Iain R. Edgar is a social anthropologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Durham in the UK. He is the author of Dreamwork, Anthropology and the Caring Professions and Guide to Imagework, as well as many other papers on the subject of dreaming and imagework, and their relation to culture, politics, education and identity.

Ali Khan is Assistant Professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan where he teaches courses on child and bonded labor, research methods, and ritual and belief. He is the author of Representing Children (OUP 2007).

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