For example, in Bhandari’s ethnography on the Christian school we are told that the school emphasises greatly on values of equality by making it mandatory to wear a uniform and not wear any jewelry or accessories (such as watches).Whereas an interaction with the students clearly reveals the ways in which they carry marks of their religion and class, as becomes evident in their choice of friends and consumption patterns.
However, the latter rather perceive these songs to be geared towards “the benefit of the officers from the Directorate, who may visit the school, ‘to keep them happy’.” (p. This vivid example perfectly illustrates the purpose of Ethnographies of Schooling in Contemporary India, which provides rich ethnographic evidence of the dynamics between the school authority, pupils, the ‘outside world’ and identities of religion and class.
Its primary emphasis is to reveal the many ways in which citizenship ideals are constructed, imparted, and resisted in the pedagogic framework of schools in India.
Through ethnographies of eight schools, this book reveals the ways in which citizenship education is imparted to its pupils, and by a focus on the peer culture, it examines the ways in which this education is either subverted or embraced by the students.
To investigate how citizenship is translated into schooling processes, the perception of received schooling and student culture in contemporary urban India is thoroughly described and, the impact of attempts at indoctrination in Indian students is examined.
How are citizenship values translated into schooling processes in India?
Rich ethnographies reveal how diversely students perceive, reproduce and subvert schooling intentions in a highly stratified society under the influence of peer cultures, media and marketing.
At the same time, they enjoy traditional Indian folk music and enjoy classical Indian dance.
Influenced both by “Western” and “Hindu” cultures, students fuse these in their perception of “being Indian”.
Deka observes how students are yet strongly influenced by popular culture, media, marketing, and branding.
They wear denim, value phones, and listen to “Western” music, although their school denounces this.