Higher education reform in Kyrgyzstan: the politics of neoliberal agendas in theory and practice

Amsler, Sarah (2008) Higher education reform in Kyrgyzstan: the politics of neoliberal agendas in theory and practice. In: Structure and Agency in the Neo-liberal University. Routledge Research in Education . Routledge. ISBN 9780415898010, 9780415956727

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Abstract

There would seem to be no greater field for observing the effects of neo-liberal reforms in higher education than the former Soviet university, where attempts to legitimize neo-liberal philosophy over Soviet ideology plays out in everyday practices of educational reform. However, ethnographic research about higher education in post-Soviet Central Asia suggests that its “liberalization” is both an ideological myth and a complicated reality. This chapter focuses on how and why neo-liberal agendas have “travelled” to the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, what happens when educators encounter and resist them, and why these spaces of resistance are important starting points for the development of alternative visions of educational possibility in this recently “Third-worlded” society.

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Additional Information:There would seem to be no greater field for observing the effects of neo-liberal reforms in higher education than the former Soviet university, where attempts to legitimize neo-liberal philosophy over Soviet ideology plays out in everyday practices of educational reform. However, ethnographic research about higher education in post-Soviet Central Asia suggests that its “liberalization” is both an ideological myth and a complicated reality. This chapter focuses on how and why neo-liberal agendas have “travelled” to the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, what happens when educators encounter and resist them, and why these spaces of resistance are important starting points for the development of alternative visions of educational possibility in this recently “Third-worlded” society.
Keywords:Kyrgyzstan, post-Soviet, neoliberalism, the university, higher education
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
L Social studies > L171 Capitalism
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:4983
Deposited By: Sarah Amsler
Deposited On:30 Mar 2012 12:56
Last Modified:30 Mar 2012 12:56

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