- Subject index
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.
Chapter 1: Negotiating School and Gender: Peer Performatives
Negotiating School and Gender: Peer Performatives
Schools have been associated with learning and tutoring in a primarily pedagogical sense. The nature of what is learnt, however, goes beyond formal schooling and its plan. Within schools, the informal aspects of school life play a very significant role in defining the meaning of school to its students. This chapter examines some dimensions of school experience with a special focus on peer cultures in a school.1 Peer relations and peer contexts not only mediate schooling but also emerge as a site [Page 22]of gender conceptualisations. An ethnographic study of the school not just brings out the nuanced working of school in its various settings, but actualises the often scripted strengths of this particular ...