New publication: “Poverty, Markets and Elementary Education in India” by Geetha Nambissan

In her conference presentation Geetha Nambissan spoke about “Private Actors and Education for the Poor in India.” An extended version of this paper has now been published in the TRG Poverty & Education Working Paper Series on

Titelblatt Geetha NambissanIn “Poverty, Markets and Elementary Education in India” Geetha Nambissan discusses recent trends within the evolving low-cost unregulated schools market in India. She analyzes how private actors draw on neo-liberal discourses and construct new narratives, networks and practices around schooling in their attempts to influence Indian education policy. Highlighting that ‘good quality education’ for the poor is redefined in minimalistic terms to increase profits, she draws attention to the serious implications of these developments for social justice in education for the poor.


More information:

Geetha Nambissan: Poverty, Markets and Elementary Education in India .
In: Working Papers der Transnationalen Forschungsgruppe Indien der der Max Weber Stiftung “Armutsbekämpfung und Armenpolitik in Indien seit dem 19. Jahrhundert” Working Papers of the Max Weber Foundation’s Transnational Research Group India “Poverty Reduction and Policy for the Poor between the State and Private Actors: Education Policy in India since the Nineteenth Century”
Veröffentlicht am: 05.12.2014



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