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Education and Society: Themes, Perspectives, Practices

Meenakshi Thapan (Editor) T. N. Madan (Editor)

Education and Society: Themes, Perspectives, Practices concerns itself with the social issues and contexts that underpin education and learning in India. It begins with a focus on the possibilities opened up by education, whether these concern the individual, society, or the world at large. Through an excellent selection of essays arranged in six thematic sections, this volume provides an overview of the major underlying concepts in the sociology of education, as well as of the processes and practices that explicate education in contemporary India. Most essays are grounded on empirical research and use ethnography in seeking to understand education from the perspective of students, teachers, as well as the institutional and non-institutional settings within which educational practices occur. The rich and panoramic introduction provides a broad canvas to the essays, which are intentionally both an academic work and a pedagogical aid, since education is both an intellectual discipline and also a profession.

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About the author

Meenakshi Thapan

Meenakshi Thapan is Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. She was earlier a Professor at the Department of Education, University of Delhi (1989-2002) and a Fellow of the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (1993-95). Professor Thapan was elected the first C.R. Parekh Visiting Fellow at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University (1998) and was a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of Chicago (1995). she has previously published Life at School: An Ethnographic Study and has edited Embodiment: Essays on Gender and Identity and Anthropological Journeys: Reflections of Fieldwork. She has also contributed essays to edited volumes and published research articles in professional journals in India and abroad.

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Title Education and Society: Themes, Perspectives, Practices
Format Hardcover
Date published: 27.10.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780199451319
length 608p.,