This book examines diverse ways in which young people from around the world envision and prepare for their future education, careers, and families. The book features cutting-edge anthropological essays including ethnographic accounts of schooling in India, South Africa, the US, Bhutan, Tanzania, and Nigeria. Each chapter focuses on today's generation of students and on students' use of education to create new possibilities for themselves. This volume will be of particular interest to practicing teachers and anthropologists and to readers who seek an ethnographic understanding of the world as seen through the eyes of students.
Introduction CHAPTER 1Politics of Possibility Amy Stambach Part One - Aspirations CHAPTER 2: Aspiration as Capacity and Compulsion: The Futures of Urban Middle-Class Youth in India Amanda Gilbertson CHAPTER 3: "Too Good to Teach": Bhutanese Students and the Hierarchy of Aspirations Dolma Roder CHAPTER 4: A "Golden Generation"? Framing the Future among Senior Students at Gulen-inspired Schools in Urban Tanzania Kristina Dohrn CHAPTER 5: Aspiration, Piety, and Traditionalism among Indonesian Islamic Boarding School Girls Claire-Marie Hefner Part Two - Realizations CHAPTER 6: Schooling in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Hopes, Struggles, and Contested Responsibilities Oliver Pattenden CHAPTER 7: Betrayed Futures: Uneconomic Schooling in Liberalizing Kerala (India) Leya Mathew CHAPTER 8: Practice for the Future: The Aspirational Politics of Nigerian Students Krystal Strong CHAPTER 9: Hopeful Engagement: The Sentimental Education of University-Sponsored Service-Learning M. Mackenzie Cramblit < Part Three - Afterword CHAPTER 10: Reflections on Student Futures and Political Possibilities: An Afterword Kathleen D. Hall