Unfolding the Context

Mohd. Sanjeer Alam

in Religion, Community, and Education

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780198076940
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080946 | DOI:
Unfolding the Context

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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

Chapter.  11947 words. 

Subjects: Sociology of Religion

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