Where Nerds Are Normal: Peer Relationships in Six Indian High Schools

Author:Milner, Murray, Department of SociologyUniversity of Virginia

Six Indian high schools were studied in 2007-08. This includes four schools in Delhi: a Catholic girl’s school, a de facto nationalistic Hindu school, a Jain school, and a government school. A fifth school was in a tribal area (in contrast to a Hindu or Muslim dominated area) in North East India. A sixth school was located in a remote area in South India. The analysis looks at variations between schools and between subgroups within a given school. Special attention is devoted to how variations in the structure of the schools (e.g., size, co-ed or single sex, day-school or boarding, religious or secular sponsorship, class or religion of the students, etc.) affects students’ peer relationships (e.g., cliquishness, study habits, bullying, etc.) and how such factors affect students’ views of education and their society. Finally, these Indian schools are compared with U.S. schools in order to identify how variations in the societal culture affect the school culture in general and peer relationships in particular. As the title suggests students in India were generally much more concerned about academic success as measure by standardized tests.

Indian high schools, peer relations, status systems, nerds
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Contributors:Dore, BhavyaDeka, MaitrayeeGogi, AnannyaLahan , RunaRaina, PamposhSyiem, IamonThapan, Menakshee
University of Virginia
Published Date:
December 01, 2017