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In Session: Conflict and Identity in Asia: Studies Within and Across Borders
1: Choosing schools, choosing belonging: Examining school choice decisions among return migrants in India
Thursday, March 25, 2021
12:00pm – 1:30pm EDT
Adrienne L. Atterberry
Syracuse University, United States
Parents face an expanding array of primary and secondary schooling options when determining where to educate their children. According to Stephen Ball et al. (2010), contemporary schooling options are differently situated in relation to local, national, regional, and global economies. Consequently, different schools prepare children for entry into these differentiated economies. This paper examines how highly skilled, return migrant parents living in Bangalore, a city in southwest India, navigate these varied schooling options. Through analyzing interviews with parents from 37 families, I argue that return migrants make schooling decisions based on the forms of citizenship they would like their children to cultivate. As such, this presentation highlights how the forms of citizenship cultivated within schools serve as an important variable in where parents decide to educate their children.