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Finding the ‘public’ in public education: Activist narratives from India

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The purpose of this paper is to explore the ways in which education activists talk about formal public education as well as related constructions of knowledge and knowledge production.
I will examine between 6 to 8 oral histories provided by activists engaged in collective, organised struggles against the privatization of education in India. They are affiliated with an emerging national advocacy network called the All India Right to Education Forum (AIFRTE). The AIFRTE consists of people’s movements, unions, and civil society organizations located in 18 Indian states. It emerged in the mid-2000s in opposition to the Right to Education Act which legally guaranteed universal primary education in 2009. The AIFRTE oppose the Act as an unfunded political rhetoric with the veiled intention of furthering the commodification, privatization, and eventual dismantling of the beleaguered government school system. However, most of the activists in this study have spent a lifetime involved in other forms of anti-capitalist struggle including issues such as land reform, women’s empowerment, and indigenous struggles. Using feminist, critical and post-colonial theories, I will explore the situated ways in which activists construct the struggle for public education in terms of vision as well as strategy. Explicit and underlying constructions of knowledge and knowledge production will be identified and analysed with a view to informing the scholarship on learning and knowledge production in social movements.
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Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to explore the ways in which education activists talk about formal public education as well as related constructions of knowledge and knowledge production.
I will examine between 6 to 8 oral histories provided by activists engaged in collective, organised struggles against the privatization of education in India. They are affiliated with an emerging national advocacy network called the All India Right to Education Forum (AIFRTE). The AIFRTE consists of people’s movements, unions, and civil society organizations located in 18 Indian states. It emerged in the mid-2000s in opposition to the Right to Education Act which legally guaranteed universal primary education in 2009. The AIFRTE oppose the Act as an unfunded political rhetoric with the veiled intention of furthering the commodification, privatization, and eventual dismantling of the beleaguered government school system. However, most of the activists in this study have spent a lifetime involved in other forms of anti-capitalist struggle including issues such as land reform, women’s empowerment, and indigenous struggles. Using feminist, critical and post-colonial theories, I will explore the situated ways in which activists construct the struggle for public education in terms of vision as well as strategy. Explicit and underlying constructions of knowledge and knowledge production will be identified and analysed with a view to informing the scholarship on learning and knowledge production in social movements.


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