Growing Up in the North Caucasus
Society, Family, Religion and Education
To Be Published December 13th 2013 by Routledge – 208 pages
Series: Central Asian Studies
Investigating changes in upbringing in the North Caucasus, a region notorious for violent conflict, this book explores the lives of the generation born after the dissolution of the USSR who grew up with violent conflict and social change. It challenges the ‘traditional’ presentation of the North Caucasus as a locus of violence, and instead presents the life of people in the region through the lens of the young generation growing up there.
Using focus groups with teachers and students of ethnic groups, as well as surveys and essays written by children, the book analyses that while the legacy of conflict plays a role in many children’s lives, it is by no means the only factor in their upbringing. It explores how conflict has influenced upbringing, and goes on to consider factors such as the revival of religion, the impact of social and economic upheaval, and the shifting balance between school and parents in upbringing. As well as understanding the dynamic influences on children’s upbringing in the region, the book presents recommendations on how to address some of these challenges. The role of government in education is also evaluated, and prospects for the future are considered. It is a useful contribution for students and scholars of Education, Sociology and Central Asian Studies.
Introduction 1. Education Policy in the North Caucasus from Russian Empire till post –Soviet time 2. Human dimension of education quality- children at situation of risk in the North Caucasus 3. Religious Education in the post-Soviet North Caucasus 4. Family, Modernization, archaization and upbringing 5. Traditions, Customs and identity in upbringing 6. Ethnic Caucasians and Ethnic Russians the construction of stereotypes 7. Future prospects: youth aspirations and government actions 8. Conclusion
Irina Molodikova is Supervisor of the North Caucasus Initiative of the Open Society Foundation at the Central European University, Hungary.
Alan Watt is Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University, Hungary.