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Religion, Community, and EducationThe Case of Rural Bihar$
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Sanjeer Alam

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198076940

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198076940.001.0001

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Unfolding the Context

Unfolding the Context

Structures and Processes

(p.105) 4 Unfolding the Context
Religion, Community, and Education

Mohd. Sanjeer Alam

Oxford University Press

In every society, structural resources are likely to be unequally distributed across social groups. Inequality in distribution of structural resources is particularly glaring in societies defined by rigid rules of social stratification. Since education is seen as a sub-system of a larger social system, who gets how much and what kind of education depends, to a large extent, on access of individuals or groups to the structural resources. In other words, the issues of equity and access in education cannot be understood without understanding the context in which the educational system functions. This chapter, therefore, unfolds the context in which this study is situated. It brings into sharp focus historically embedded, wider structures and processes that are supposed to have important bearings on access to educational opportunities and disparities therein in the state of Bihar and the districts under study.

Keywords:   access, distribution, educational opportunities, equity, society, social group, sub-system, structural resource, wider structures

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