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Is India’s Right to Education Act a Rightful Share? Distributive Politics, Education and the Media

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posted on 01.01.2022, 00:00 authored by A Gilbertson, Ben ArnoldBen Arnold
India’s Right to Education Act contains a provision requiring private schools to educate underprivileged children without charging fees, hinting at a new politics of distribution akin to James Ferguson’s notion of the ‘rightful share’. Through analysis of coverage of this provision in English language newspapers, we argue that the role of the media in building legitimacy for a ‘rightful share’ is undermined: by critics’ representations of a market-based distribution of education as more just; by supporters’ use of traditional welfare language of compassion for the meritorious poor; and, by reports of implementation failures that undermine the value of social assistance. This points to the significance of universality, unconditionality and clear distributive logics to the concept of the ‘rightful share’.

History

Journal

Progress in Development Studies

Article number

ARTN 14649934221084886

Pagination

1 - 18

Publisher

SAGE

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1464-9934

eISSN

1477-027X

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal