‘Time-Out’ in the Land of Apu

Childhoods, Bildungsmoratorium and the Middle Classes of Urban West Bengal

  • Hia Sen

About this book


Within Childhood Research starkly different theoretical and empirical concerns characterize the global south-north divide. Hia Sen attempts to bridge the gap in Childhood Research which usually addresses childhoods differently according to their 'developing/developed', 'western/non-western' contexts, and finds its middle ground in the context of the urban middle classes in contemporary West Bengal. The author documents areas such as leisure practices and everyday lives of school children in India for three cohorts, where it is possible to have a comparative perspective of childhoods given the existing rich ethnographic and historical research on childhoods in other cultural contexts.



·         Childhoods and Social Inequalities

·         Sentiment, Middle Classes, and a Culture of Childhood in Bengal

·         Talking to Children, and Talking about Childhoods

·         The Bhadralok Culture and the Ethos of Education in Bengal

·         Leisure Culture and Space

·         Class, Gender, and Generation in Children’s Culture


Die Zielgruppen

·         Researchers, students, and practitioners in the fields of childhood sociology, sociology of social inequalities, social pedagogy, history, and education


The Author

Dr. Hia Sen studied sociology in Kolkata and New Delhi and completed her doctoral thesis at the University of Freiburg, Germany. She is an Assistant Professor of sociology at Presidency University, Kolkata, India.


Bildungsmoratorium Childhood Colonial Influence Middle Classes Sociology

Authors and affiliations

  • Hia Sen
    • 1
  1. 1.KolkataIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-02223-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-02222-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-02223-5
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