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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.

Schooling and the Production of Student Culture: Principles and Practice
Schooling and the production of student culture: Principles and practice

Ethnography of a school is singular in illustrating the social worlds of the students, teachers, office bearers, rules and regulations of a particular school (Thapan 1991).1 It is simultaneously part of a general framework of analysing the school as a pedagogic space of knowledge production, creating productive individuals and good ‘citizens’ (Durkheim 1973; Parsons 1951). Taking into account school as an institution of knowledge transmission and a particular conceptualisation of that, this chapter attempts to examine the extent to which secular and normative knowledge impact the students at Erudite Public School (EPS).2

EPS as a modern institution demarcates itself from other schools by defining its role ...

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