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Chasing InnovationMaking Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India$
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Lilly Irani

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691175140

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691175140.001.0001

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Teaching Citizenship, Liberalizing Community

Teaching Citizenship, Liberalizing Community

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(p.53) 3 Teaching Citizenship, Liberalizing Community
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Chasing Innovation
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Lilly Irani

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691175140.003.0003

This chapter examines how champions of entrepreneurial citizenship remake education, proposing that the skills of producing innovation and the skills of taking civic action are one and the same. These educational reforms promise that “every child” can be an entrepreneur. This model appears democratic in that it expands merit or success beyond narrow visions that locate merit at the apex of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) or global corporations. At the same time, it naturalizes privilege and resources as leadership and passion. Entrepreneurial citizens appear simultaneously as empathic leaders of entrepreneurs' others and as portraits of what all Indians ought to become. Those who do not lead India, implicitly, should follow. Design in Education, in its optimism and its pitfalls, offers a view into the limits of entrepreneurial citizenship. This form of citizenship promised a model of change, but it also was a new mechanism for development without disturbing existing social orders.

Keywords:   entrepreneurial citizenship, innovation, civic action, educational reforms, Indian Institutes of Technology, global corporations, entrepreneurial citizens, Design in Education, development, social orders

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