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Author Silova, Iveta.

Title From sites of occupation to symbols of multiculturalism : reconceptualizing minority education in post-Soviet Latvia / by Iveta Silova ; foreword by Gita Steiner-Khamsi
Published Greenwich, Conn. : IAP, Information Age Pub., [2006]
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 237 pages) : illustrations
Series Research in multicultural education and international perspectives
Studies of the Harriman Institute
Research in multicultural education and international perspectives.
Studies of the Harriman Institute.
Contents Introduction: between the (Soviet) past and a (Western) future : education reform during post-Soviet transformation processes -- Legacies of the past : the historical context of education reform -- Recreating European "space" in Latvian education -- The new meanings of minority education : global pressures, local politics, and conceptual disputes -- Institutionalizing integration in education policy and practice : rebellion under the radar -- Education reform at a crossroads : broken promises, lost opportunities -- Conclusion : reconciling international pressures with domestic politics : the "national problem" re-conceptualized
Summary Rarely do we find books in educational research that are both thick in context and rich in theory. Usually books emphasize one over the other. Authors that engage in thick descriptions tend to fall short of explaining what larger theoretical issue their case stands for. Vice versa, authors who make a case for a particular theory do not always describe their case in sufficient detail. From Sites to Occupation to Symbols of Multiculturalism is a remarkable exception. The book is a major break-through in case study methodology, multiculturalism and policy borrowing/lending research. The book investigates a puzzle: how is it that one and the same system, the system of separate schooling for Latvian and Russian speakers, is seen as a site of occupation during one period (1987-1990) and as a symbol of multiculturalism in the next (1991-1999)? The system has stayed in place, but the meaning attached to it has been completely inverted. Is cultural change without structural change possible? Does it mean that the dual school system has become anachronistic, and will eventually disappear in light of the cultural changes of the past decade? The book is the story of a great metamorphosis of one and the same system of separate schooling that, at first unbelievable, gradually makes sense
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-204) and index
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Subject Education and state -- Latvia.
Minorities -- Education -- Latvia.
Multicultural education -- Latvia.
Post-communism -- Latvia.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1281382450
1607527774 (electronic bk.)
9781607527770 (electronic bk.)