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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.

In Quest of Identity: Student Culture in a Religious Minority Institution
In quest of identity: Student culture in a religious minority institution

This chapter aims to provide an ethnography of an all girls’ school in New Delhi in order to gain an understanding of the pedagogic environment of a school with a strong religious ethos, in particular its influence in shaping ideas of citizenship and peer relations.1 The meaning of ethnography can vary as there are different types of ethnography such as ‘auto ethnography’ or ‘visual ethnography’ (Hammersely and Atkinson 1995/2008). However, there are some basic methods of enquiry that an ethnographic work undertakes, which were used for this research. These include observations in everyday contexts, data through informal conversations, non-participant observation, unstructured questions and ...

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