ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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School Interactional Milieu in Tribal Areas

School milieus in tribal areas consist of triadic actors, namely tribal and non-tribal students, and teachers. The social interactions between actors are likely to be inequitable, characterised by distrust, blame, shame and stigma. Inequitable interactions influence tribal students to identify themselves with others who belong to their own social groups. Tribal students and teachers form a dyad characterised through inequitable interactions within the school milieu, which results in socially excluding and psychosocially disabling tribal students. On the other side, the interaction between non-tribal students and teachers evolves through increased sociocultural intimacy, acceptance and understanding. Responding to these, tribal students find it increasingly safe, secure and comfortable being a part of their own community by engaging deeply with it.
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