- 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 4: Schooling, Identity and Citizenship Education*
Schooling, Identity and Citizenship Education*
If we take the view that the ‘cosmopolitan imagination’ is a preoccupation of contemporary times, and a ‘way of viewing the world in terms of its immanent possibilities of self-transformation’ (Delanty 2009: 3), we ought to be concerned about the role of school education in this process.1 Schools are sites for the development of consciousness in the young, looking out into the world, where, apart from knowledge and skills, there is an awareness of the inequalities, struggles and possibilities [Page 155]for change. At such centres for learning, it is presumed that sympathy, empathy and concern for others, all necessary ingredients for social life, will flourish. The cultivation of what we might call ethical subjectivities is considered ...