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Sociology of Education in IndiaChanging Contours and Emerging Concerns$
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Geetha B. Nambissan and Srinivasa Rao

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198082866

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082866.001.0001

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Sociology of Education and Sociology in India

Sociology of Education and Sociology in India

Disciplinary Boundaries and Institutional Spaces

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Sociology of Education in India

Geetha B. Nambissan

S. Srinivasa Rao

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the place of the sociology of education (SoE) in Sociology and the interface between sociology and education in India. It argues that while education is critical to sociological development, it enjoys a lower status in the social sciences, and that SoE continues to be marginal issue in sociology. Considered as a softer option within the social sciences, education occupies the margins of sociology as an academic discipline. The author describes the criticality of education, the social and economic transformations due to globalization and liberalization, the shifts in the boundaries of different disciplines, and the increasing emphasis on trans-disciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches and applications in the social sciences. Besides exploring the impact of institutional spaces and disciplinary boundaries on the history of SoE in India, the author charts recent changes in approach, and how sociologists today are doing applied research in education to provide important inputs in policy formulation and programme implementation. Educationists are also looking beyond the school to understand what is happening to the student in the classroom. The author also chronicles the development of the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies (ZHCES).

Keywords:   sociology of education, institutional space, education and policy, education and social development, sociological development, social sciences, ZHCES, discipline boundaries

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