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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.

Living in the Bubble: Rishi Valley School and the Sense of Community*
Living in the bubble: Rishi Valley School and the sense of community
Introduction: The Bubble Effect

A boarding school nestled in the middle of a valley, Rishi Valley School in Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor District, is hermetically sealed off in many ways. Located 15 km from the nearest small town and 90 km from the nearest metropolitan city, the school's physical and ideological separation is created and maintained at several levels.

This idea of difference is generated both through a series of institutional schooling practices informed by the school's authority structure and stated purpose and through the experience of living at a boarding school distant from an urban centre.

This sense of sealed-offness—built through a smorgasbord of ...

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