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ERIC Number: EJ879400
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
Aspiring for Distinction: Gendered Educational Choices in an Indian Village
Rao, Nitya
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v40 n2 p167-183 Mar 2010
Schooling is not a benign process, rather the choice of schooling is often an opportunity for marginalised groups to creatively express particular sets of values in an attempt to gain distinction. Educational attainments carry the potential to open up a range of employment opportunities, but even if these options fail due to structural constraints, particular types of schooling are socially valued for the lifestyles, culture and values they inculcate. This paper, based on field research in Jharkhand, India, explores how people of different social categories make educational choices, focusing particularly on the gendered nature of both their aspirations and strategies for gaining distinction. The experience of state-run schooling is compared to private (including mission) education, both in the locality and at a distance, the latter often perceived to provide higher-quality English education by both parents and children. (Contains 7 notes and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India