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ERIC Number: EJ833002
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
The "Spirit of Education" in Indonesian "Pesantren"
Nilan, Pam
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v30 n2 p219-232 Mar 2009
This paper employs Foucauldian theory to consider Islamic boarding school experiences in Indonesia. For some pupils "the spirit of education"--a dimension of pleasure--comes to be highly valued, creating a lifelong passion for the pursuit of knowledge. Two school principals (both "pesantren" [Islamic boarding school] graduates themselves) articulated strong commitment to the "spirit of education". Yet their respective boarding schools were very poor, not only by western standards but compared with Indonesian public schools, and conditions were austere. The embodiment of "pesantren" discourse as high academic achievement is illustrated by the example of Khadija--a young female "pesantren" graduate now studying at doctoral level in the United Kingdom. Explaining the embodied production of the 'spirit of education' demands looking at charismatic pedagogy, strict rules, austere conditions and sparse provision of learning resources as regimes of truth and power-knowledge relations that inhere in "pesantren" as lived experiences of pupils. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indonesia