Minorities, indigenous groups and education: Global achievements in the Central Asia

Year: 2004

Author: Zajda, Rea, Zajda, Joseph

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper explores one of the emerging major problems with representation and treatment of minorities and indigenous groups in education in transitional economies of the Central Asian states. The issues examined include the dichotomy between the emancipatory logic of egalitarianism (the continuation of the Enlightenment project) and the rhetoric of ‘globalisation’ and its logic of neo-capitalism, and a growing social differentiation, inequitable access to education, gender inequality, discrimination, exploitation and poverty. The paper also examines the directions in educational research dealing with ethnicity and minorities in Central Asia, focusing on language policies, national identities and citizenship education.