The uses of equality in an elite school in India: enterprise and merit

Sriprakash, A, Qi, J and Singh, M 2017, 'The uses of equality in an elite school in India: enterprise and merit', British Journal of Sociology of Education, vol. 38, no. 7, pp. 1022-1036.


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Title The uses of equality in an elite school in India: enterprise and merit
Author(s) Sriprakash, A
Qi, J
Singh, M
Year 2017
Journal name British Journal of Sociology of Education
Volume number 38
Issue number 7
Start page 1022
End page 1036
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This article examines the different uses of equality in one elite international school in India. We focus on how conceptions of equality can be enrolled into particular scripts of benevolence and gifting through which elite distinctions are constituted and enacted. Our analysis of interviews with students, teachers and parents in the school highlights three dominant and interrelated uses of equality that are examined with respect to entrepreneurial social ideals in contemporary neoliberal India: equality for profit; equality as deferred; and equality as a differential inclusion of the poor. We call this concept 'enterprise equality' and consider its performative effects, namely in reconstituting and justifying normative inequality. Enterprise equality does two related things which have significant global consequences: it can function as a process of 'decontestation'-a way to 'block hearing' about alternative political/economic arrangements of equality; and it can reaffirm the cultural rhetoric of the elite as meritorious in their privilege.
Subject Sociology of Education
Keyword(s) community service
elite schooling
entrepreneurialism
Equality
global citizenship
privatisation
DOI - identifier 10.1080/01425692.2016.1218754
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