From Class to Identity: The Politics of Education Reforms in Former Yugoslavia

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Central European University Press, Jan 1, 2014 - Education - 235 pages
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From Class to Identity offers an analysis of education policy-making in the processes of social transformation and post-conflict development in the Western Balkans. Based on a number of examples (case studies) of education reform in the former Yugoslavia from the decade before its violent breakup to contemporary efforts in post-conflict reconstruction it tells the story of the political processes and motivations underlying specific education reforms. The book moves away from technical-rational or prescriptive approaches that dominate the literature on education policy-making during social transformation, and offers an example on how to include the social, political and cultural context in the understanding of policy reforms. It connects education policy at a particular time in a particular place with broader questions such as: What is the role of education in society? What kind of education is needed for a 'good' society? Who are the 'targets' of education policies (individuals/citizens, ethnic/religious/linguistic groups, societies)? Bacevic shows how different answers to these questions influence the contents and outcomes of policies.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Vocationalizing Education Conflict Cohesion and Dissent in Socialist Yugoslavia
27
Religious Education or Civic EUcation? Education Policy and Transition in PostMilošević Serbia
79
Higher Education and PostConflict Development in Sandžak Kosovo and Macedonia
125
Bibliography
215
Index
231
Back cover
237
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Jana Bacevic is a researcher at the Department of Education, Aarhus University in Copenhagen, Denmark, working on the European-Unionfunded project "Universities in Knowledge Economies" (UNIKE). She has worked as researcher and advisor for a number of international and local governments and organizations on projects dealing with education, post-conflict development, and minorities. Her current research deals with academic engagement and the role of universities in societies.

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