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Modernity and its Impact on the Sociology of Education

Manu Bhaskar*

The role of education in the building up of a democratic and secular society is widely recognized. However, certain questions are relevant in this context. What do democracy and secularism connote? It is only an understanding of these terms that can help us examine what democracy in education means, and the relevance of education in a secular society. Unfortunately, little attention has been paid to this matter, and it remains an important issue of debate. Today, democracy has come to mean the kind of society that has emerged in the West after the Industrial Revolution. In this context, we must bear in mind that in some Eastern societies there was a different system of democracy ...

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