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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.

Kiranjyoti Vidyalaya: A Sociological Narrative of a Government School
Kiranjyoti Vidyalaya: A Sociological narrative of a government school

Sociology of schooling, as a sub-branch of sociology of education, intends at a comparative study of schooling theoretically and empirically. Major areas of research include issues regarding schooling and nation-building like enrolment of students in schools, formal and informal structure of schools, institutionalisation of schooling and impact of government policies on schools.1 Understanding the sociological and cultural dimensions particularly includes the study of the impact of social stratification and cultural capital in determining identity and status of students among themselves and among teachers (Baker and LeTendre 2000: 345–364). While most of the areas regarding the reciprocal relation of government and schools are dealt by surveys and other ...

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