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 6: Being Muslims, Becoming Citizens: A Muslim Girls' School in Post-riot Ahmedabad
Being Muslims, Becoming Citizens: A Muslim Girls' School in Post-riot Ahmedabad
In a Muslim girls’ school in the state of Gujarat, becoming a citizen—participating in the affairs of, and experiencing a sense of belonging to the city, region and nation—is a fraught process, mediated by religious identity, shaped by a troubled relationship between citizen and state, and marred by a history of violence and discrimination. Models and practices of citizenship can be observed in myriad spheres and processes, from electoral participation to social protest, but here, we focus on the construction of citizenship within the institutional setting of a school, a site wherein formal education in scientific disciplines is interwoven with the ...