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.
|Title of host publication||Structure and Agency in the Neo-liberal University|
|Editors||Wesley Shumar, Joyce E. Canaan|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Jul 2008|
|Name||Routledge Research in Education|
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- Central Asian Studies
- higher education reform