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

Sarah S. Amsler

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructure and Agency in the Neo-liberal University
EditorsWesley Shumar, Joyce E. Canaan
PublisherRoutledge
ISBN (Print)9780415956727
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2008

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Education
PublisherRoutledge

Bibliographical note

Copyright of the Taylor & Francis Group (Routledge).

Keywords

  • Central Asian Studies
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • higher education reform
  • neoliberalism

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