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The influence of popular culture, media and aggressive marketing of consumer goods all enter the school arena to compete with the more formal aspects of being at school and contribute to the creation of a unique school culture. It is essential to unpack and unravel the rich and engaged world of student culture as it is constructed in school life. Ethnographies of Schooling in Contemporary India attempts to understand meaning and meaning-making in school processes in India as active aspects of a vibrant school culture. We are reminded that students, in any kind of school, are engaged participants in schooling processes.

The significance of autobiographical experience in both writing school ethnographies and understanding school life cannot be overemphasised. This volume seeks to also understand this significant aspect of constructing school worlds.

Introduction: Understanding School Experience
Introduction: Understanding school experience
MeenakshiThapan
Studying Schools: An Agenda for Research

In India, sociologists have paid scant attention to what goes on inside schools and classrooms in everyday life contexts. In their effort, rightly stated, to establish the failure of the state in providing equal education for all and the presence of prevalent inequalities that constrain the spread of, and equal access to, good quality education, sociologists have tended to neglect the processes of schooling, in their minutiae, where children and youth engage with one another and their teachers and other school personnel to live out their young lives as participants in a process called education. Understanding this world of everyday life in particular contexts brings into focus what is known as ‘ethnography’ as ...

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