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Growing Up in the North Caucasus

Society, Family, Religion and Education

By Irina Molodikova, Alan Watt

Routledge – 2013 – 206 pages

Series: Central Asian Studies

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    978-0-415-68592-4
    December 15th 2013

Description

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 under conditions of turmoil and rapid social change. It avoids 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 different ethnic groups, as well as surveys and essays written by children, the book suggests 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. As well as revealing the dynamic influences on children’s upbringing in the region, the book presents recommendations on how to address some of the challenges that arise. The role of government in education is also evaluated, and prospects for the future are considered. The book is useful for students and scholars of Education, Sociology and Central Asian Studies.

Contents

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

Author Bio

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.

Name: Growing Up in the North Caucasus: Society, Family, Religion and Education (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Irina Molodikova, Alan Watt. 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 under conditions of turmoil and rapid social change. It...
Categories: Central Asian Culture & Society, Sociology of Education, Central Asian, Russian & Eastern European Studies, Education Studies, Race & Ethnic Studies, Sociology of Culture, Sociology & Social Policy, Central Asian Studies, Asian Culture & Society