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Living with ColonialismNationalism and Culture in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan$
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Heather Sharkey

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520235588

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520235588.001.0001

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Education, Acculturation, and Nationalist Networks

Education, Acculturation, and Nationalist Networks

(p.40) 3 Education, Acculturation, and Nationalist Networks
Living with Colonialism
University of California Press

Education played a critical role in colonial state development. To satisfy the need for skilled and literate employees in the lower and middle tiers of bureaucracy, Britain's colonial regimes founded government institutions or patronized independent colleges that prepared young men for clerical, judicial, and technical posts. The best of these programs used English as the medium of instruction, and modeled curricular and extracurricular life on British public schools. This chapter emphasizes the acculturation rather than the formation of an educated elite. “Elite formation” was a prime concern of postcolonial and national studies from the 1950s onwards. Its frame of inquiry arose from decolonization, a process that had turned employees of colonial states into statesmen of free “nations.”

Keywords:   education, elite, acculturation, formation, decolonization

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