Re‐imaging everyday routines and educational aspirations under COVID‐19 lockdown: Narratives of urban middle‐class children in Punjab, India

Ravinder Barn, Damanjit Sandhu, Utsa Mukherjee

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Based on in-depth interviews with 24 middle-class Indian child participants, this is the first exploratory qualitative study, in India, to demonstrate the ways in which children as reflexive social actors re-negotiated everyday schedules, drew on classed resources at their disposal and made sense of the impact of the pandemic on their educational pathways and future aspirations. These narratives offer a unique lens on the politics of middle-classness and its constitutive relation to constructions of normative childhoods in contemporary India. Study findings contribute to the sociology of Indian childhood and more generally help enrich our understanding of southern childhoods and the reproduction of inequalities in contemporary India.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages16
JournalChildren and Society
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2022


  • children's everyday life, COVID- 19, education, India, middle- class childhood

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