Towards a theory of schooling for good life in postcolonial societies

Maniar, Vikas (2019) Towards a theory of schooling for good life in postcolonial societies. Journal of Human Values. pp. 1-11. ISSN 09730737

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Schools often aim at creating opportunities for good life and at promoting a good society. Liberal theorization on schooling is premised on a functioning liberal democracy with a capitalist economy. However, postcolonial societies are characterized by poverty and inequality, cultural diversity, and an ongoing project of state and nation building. This challenges some of the foundational assumptions of liberal conceptions of schooling aimed at promoting good life and good society in postcolonial societies. Realization of good life through schools is shaped both by shaping of ‘consciousness, identities, and desires’ [Bernstein (2000, Pedagogy, symbolic control, and identity: Theory, research, critique, Lanhan, MD: Rowman & Littlefield)] and through imparting knowledge and skills that help realize these desires in particular contexts. These schooling practices have different influences on opportunities for good life in short, medium, and long terms in these societies. A conceptual model of schooling that addresses these complexities is key to understanding the processes that influence the opportunities for a pursuit of good life through schooling in postcolonial societies. Such a model could draw upon the existing theories of liberal schooling but would have to adapt them to respond to the contexts of postcolonial societies.

Item Type: Article
Authors: Maniar, Vikas
Uncontrolled Keywords: Good life, Well-being, Postcolonial, School, Education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Education
Full Text Status: Public
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