Indigenous education in Russia: opportunities for healing and revival of the Mari and Karelian Indigenous groups?

Khanolainen, D., Nesterova, Y. and Semenova, E. (2020) Indigenous education in Russia: opportunities for healing and revival of the Mari and Karelian Indigenous groups? Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, (doi: 10.1080/03057925.2020.1834350) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Despite being a multicultural country throughout its history, the Russian Federation has long struggled to embrace its diversity. As a result, the country’s many cultural, religious, and ethnic minority groups have been going through waves of assimilationist policies and practices. Assimilation into the Russian society enforced through formal schooling, daily life, and mass media has led to a destruction of Indigenous lifestyles, cultures, identities, and languages. This article explores the views of Russia’s Indigenous people regarding the country’s education system and its ability to support the cultural revival of Indigenous groups as well as the healing of the trauma that emerged from historical oppression. Within the scope of this article, we investigate the views of two Indigenous groups: Mari and Karelian peoples. Their insights show that despite the decrease in discrimination, the education system has not yet changed its assimilative tendencies.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Nesterova, Dr Yulia
Authors: Khanolainen, D., Nesterova, Y., and Semenova, E.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0305-7925
ISSN (Online):1469-3623
Published Online:20 October 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education 2020
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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