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Education and the Public Sphere
Exploring the Structures of Mediation in Post-Colonial India

Edited By

Suresh Babu G.S

ISBN 9781032091143
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
300 Pages

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Book Description

Education and the Public Sphere conceptually and empirically investigates and unfolds several complexities embedded in the educational system in India by exploring it as a site of transforming the public sphere. Bringing together a range of contributions from education and the social sciences, this volume analyses and reflects on structures in education and how these mediate and transform the public sphere in post-colonial India.

Drawing on fresh research, case studies and testimony, this book debates issues such as the crisis in higher education, privatisation and politicisation of education, the reciprocal relationship between marginalisation and education, and the lasting impact that modern pedagogical practices have on the wider world. It critically reflects on the direct engagement of people, institutions, various cultural sensibilities and public debate to animate how these combined structures affect the teaching and learning process.

From a unique interdisciplinary perspective, this book initiates an analytical enquiry into teaching and the culture of learning, generating critical discourses on the system as a whole. This book will be vital reading for researchers, scholars and postgraduate students in the field of international education, education theory and social justice education.

Table of Contents

Crisis, Contestation and Possibilities in Education  Towards a destruction of critical thinking  The crisis of India’s higher education  Education as emancipation: Reading freedom through Dalit narratives  Mediations in Academics: Politics, Governance and Public Action  Between prohibition of political activity and capture of political space: The predicament of student politics in Kerala  Public and Private Dichotomy: An empirical insight into the University governance in India  Publication or public action?  Public-Private Borderlines: Negotiations in Education  Parental choice for schools in the changing context of the state and market in India  Privatization and shrinking free space in Indian higher education  Public sphere and educational policy transformations in Kerala  Mobilisation for Education: Critical Voices from the Margins  Can social movements lead to educational change? Some reflections on case study of the Adivasi Munnetra Sangam  Everyday violence, schooling and mediating institutions in Northeast India  Pedagogic settings and pedagogic deterrence: A treatise on tribal education and social exclusion  Teaching and Learning: Everyday Engagement in Education and Research  Silent public and speaking selves: Locating ‘public sphere’ through classroom practices  Everyday engagement with social issues  Researcher, field and caste encounter  Education, self and society: A contemporary reading of (Integrated) ‘science of the absolute’ in the philosophy of Narayana Guru and Nataraja Guru 

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Suresh Babu G.S teaches at the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Previously, he was working with the Department of Sociology, University of Jammu (2005–2013). His research focuses on the post-colonial debates of subaltern communities in India through the critical lens of education as a tool of cultural politics beyond the normative logic of social mobility. He is trying to situate how the marginalized, the displaced, the migrants and the mountainous communities negotiate with a democratic institution and cultivate new habits and aspirations for (higher) education in the citadel of the knowledge society. He holds a doctorate and a master of philosophy in sociology from JNU and a master’s from the Loyola College of Social Sciences. He has undertaken field-based research in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Kerala on education, development and ecology. Recently, he has taken up a new research project to study the political culture of the university campus in India for ICSSR. His numerous publications include Engaging with Modernity and Development in India, research-based articles, chapters in books and monographs. As a member of the collaborative project under DAAD, he has been visiting scholar at the University of Cologne, Germany, in 2015 and 2017.