I found my way into anthropology after an initial foray into politics, completing my PhD at the London School of Economics in 2002. My doctoral research on the emergence of Hindu nationalism within adivasi communities in central India became the subject of my first book, Religious Division and Social Conflict. Following postdoctoral work on the inculcation of nationalist ideologies in educational settings, I joined Brunel’s anthropology department in 2004. Since then, I have returned regularly to India to pursue research on education, learning and schooling; childhood and youth; poverty and development; and inequality and social mobility. Currently, I am working on my second book, which considers how marginalized young people’s differentiated engagement with school education articulates with their livelihood options and aspirations for a better future. I am also co-Investigator on a collaborative, multi-regional research project (ESRC-DfID, 2016-2018) which examines education systems, aspiration and learning outcomes in remote rural areas of India, Lesotho and Laos.
I have directed an ethnographic film (Village Lives, Distant Powers; produced by Margaret Dickinson), which is based on my research on development, the state and corruption in central India.
- PhD Anthropology (LSE)
- MSc Anthropology (LSE)
- MA Political Science (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
- BA Political Science (University of Utah)
Newest selected publications
Froerer, P. (2017) 'Poverty and Education in Rural Chhattisgarh', in Parry, J. and Gooptu, N. (eds.) Persistence of Poverty in India. Abingdon and New York : Routledge. pp. 173 - 203. ISBN 10: 9383166045. ISBN 13: 9789383166046. Open Access Link
Froerer, P. (2016) 'Questions and Curiosities, Ignorance and Understanding: Ethnographic Encounters with Children in Central India', in Allerton, C. (ed.) Children Ethnographic Encounters. London : Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 87 - 99. ISBN 10: 1474258182. ISBN 13: 978-1474258180.
Froerer, P. (2015) 'Adivasi young people and the risk of education in rural Chhattisgarh'. South Asian History and Culture, 6 (3). pp. 365 - 379. ISSN: 1947-2498
Froerer, P. (2012) 'Learning, livelihoods and social mobility: Valuing girls' education in central India'. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 43 (4). pp. 344 - 357. ISSN: 0161-7761
Froerer, P. and Portisch, A. (2012) 'Introduction to the Special Issue: Learning, livelihoods and social mobility'. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 43 (4). pp. 332 - 343. ISSN: 0161-7761