Heroes of the knowledge economy: futurity and anxiety in the lives of Indian engineering students

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  • Jakob Williams Ørberg
The Indian engineering student has both nationally and globally come to symbolize the advent of a global knowledge economy. Indian engineering students are depicted in policy documents and popular media as important protagonists that will take India into the this promising future. This thesis is a study of these Indian ‘heroes’. It is based on ethnographic fieldwork in an iconic site for their production, the top Indian engineering university, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, and it aims to understand how students engage in the creation of both their own and national – even global – futures. The thesis provides new knowledge about the relationship between the development of a global knowledge economy in policy and popular culture, and of the ethnographic detail in which it is materializing.
Throughout the thesis it is explored how students cope with policy expectations, and how they themselves envisage their futures. The thesis looks behind the mirror cabinet of policy making and aims to better grasp the work and personal investments of Indian youth in creating the imaginaries we rely on globally, when we envision the global knowledge economy. The thesis is as such an account of anxieties over falling out or falling behind in a global economy, as well as about the student and institutional work to further India’s position in this economy.
ForlagAarhus Universitet, DPU
Antal sider192
ISBN (Trykt)9788776846800
StatusUdgivet - 2016


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