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From Class to Identity

The politics of education reforms in former Yugoslavia

Jana Bacevic

Publication Year: 2014

Jana Bacevic provides an innovative analysis of education policy-making in the processes of social transformation and post-conflict development in the Western Balkans. Based on case studies of educational reform in the former Yugoslavia - from the decade before its violent breakup to contemporary efforts in post-conflict reconstruction - From Class to Identity tells the story of the political processes and motivations underlying each reform. The book moves away from technical-rational or prescriptive approaches that dominate the literature on education policy-making during social transformation, and offers an example on how to include the social, political and cultural context in the understanding of policy reforms. It connects education policy at a particular time in a particular place with broader questions such as: What is the role of education in society? What kind of education is needed for a ‘good’ society? Who are the ‘targets’ of education policies (individuals/citizens, ethnic/religious/linguistic groups, societies)? Bacevic shows how different answers to these questions influence the contents and outcomes of policies.

Published by: Central European University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Table of Contents

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pp. iv-viii

List of abbreviations

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pp. ix-x

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Preface and acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

This book tells the story of education policies in former Yugoslavia and some of the states that grew out of its dissolution. It begins with education reforms that took place in the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia in the 1960s and ends with the post-conflict development...

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CHAPTER 1 Introduction

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pp. 1-26

This book tells the story of the development of education policies in former Yugoslavia, as well as in some of its former constituent parts1 today. More than ten years have elapsed from the end of the violent conflict that forever changed the way the region is thought of, both in scholarly circles and among those who have the dubious fortune of...

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CHAPTER 2 Vocationalizing Education: Conflict, Cohesion, and Dissent in Socialist Yugoslavia

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pp. 27-78

The most comprehensive and overarching education reform in socialist Yugoslavia was introduced in the 1970s, and is known as vocation-oriented education.1 Of course, various changes had already been implemented during, as well as in the aftermath of, World War II: teaching was modernized, and curricula purged of “bourgeois” elements, ...

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CHAPTER 3 Religious Education or Civic EUcation? Education Policy and Transition in Post-Milošević Serbia

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pp. 79-124

Reforms implemented during the 1970s and 1980s did not succeed in preventing the breakup of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia. By the end of the 1980s, political fragmentation, combined with nationalist mobilization, resulted in the conflict that changed the face of the region forever. Education followed the trajectory of other public...

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CHAPTER 4 Higher Education and Post-Conflict Development in Sandžak, Kosovo, and Macedonia

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pp. 125-194

The period of transition in the post-Yugoslav states brought in substantive changes in all arenas of policymaking. The policy environment also underwent important changes. The period of transition and, specifically, of post-conflict development, was (and still is) characterized by the growing influence of international and transnational actors and...

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CHAPTER 5 Conclusion: Education after Yugoslavia

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pp. 195-214

In 1969, theodor adorno wrote: “the premier demand upon all edu-cation is that auschwitz not happen again” (adorno 1998 [1969]). He was looking back not only at the Holocaust and the horrors of the World War II, but also at the return to public life of some of the gen-erals and soldiers who ordered and committed them, suggesting that ...


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pp. 215-230


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pp. 231-237

E-ISBN-13: 9786155225734
Print-ISBN-13: 9786155225727

Page Count: 250
Publication Year: 2014

Edition: 1