This book examines the policy shifts over the past three decades in the Indian education system. It explores how these shifts have unequivocally established the domination of neoliberal capital in the context of elementary education in India.

The chapters in the volume:

• Discuss a range of elementary education policies and programs in India with a focus on the policy development in recent decades of neoliberalism.

• Analyse policy from diverse perspectives and varied vantage points by scholars, activists, and practitioners, illustrated with contemporary statistics.

• Introduce the key curriculum, assessment, and learning debates from contemporary educational discourse.

• Integrate the tools and methods of education policy analysis with basic concepts in education, like equality, quantity, equity, quality, and inclusion.

A definitive inter-disciplinary work on a key sector in India, this volume will be essential for scholars and researchers of education, public policy, sociology, politics, and South Asian studies.

chapter |21 pages


Mapping the exacerbated crisis in elementary education: issues and challenges
Edited ByJyoti Raina

part I|66 pages

Neoliberal restructuring of education

chapter Chapter 1|18 pages

Neoliberal policy shifts in elementary education in India

Edited ByJyoti Raina, Parul

chapter Chapter 2|12 pages

Extending the neoliberal agenda to forbidden territory

Public–private partnership in school education in India
BySuman Lata

chapter Chapter 3|11 pages

Public education

Can it be fixed?

chapter Chapter 4|23 pages

Equitable elementary education as a public good

What is left of it?
Edited ByJyoti Raina

part II|46 pages

Understanding knowledge and curriculum

chapter Chapter 5|17 pages

Draft NEP 2016

Education for ‘citizenship’ or ‘resource development for a pliable workforce’?
ByRohit Dhankar

chapter Chapter 6|14 pages

Bin bhay hoye na preet

Resilience of the fear-based examination-detention policy in the Indian education system
ByDisha Nawani

chapter Chapter 7|13 pages

Indian modernity as the problem of Indian education

ByNita Kumar

part III|66 pages

Schooling, social justice and critical pedagogy

chapter Chapter 8|17 pages

Sanskara 1

The notion of hereditary educability and changing behaviour of the teachers
BySanjay Kumar

chapter Chapter 9|23 pages

Consensualised reproduction and the fascised rule of capital

The responsibility of critical pedagogy 1
ByRavi Kumar

chapter Chapter 10|24 pages

A strategy for exclusion

How equality and social justice have been derailed in Indian elementary education
ByMadhu Prasad

part IV|83 pages

Transnational perspective on neoliberalism and education

chapter Chapter 11|17 pages

The reactionary right and its carnival of reaction

Global neoliberalism, reactionary neoconservatism: Marxist critique, education analysis and policy
ByDave Hill

chapter Chapter 12|15 pages

The agonies of neoliberal education

What hope progress?
ByTom G. Griffiths

chapter Chapter 13|14 pages

Analysing educational change

Towards an understanding of patterns of historical and cultural refraction
ByIvor Goodson

chapter Chapter 14|35 pages

Combating educational inequality 1

Competing frameworks
ByVikas Gupta