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(Re)Learning Ukrainian: Language politics and cultural corrections in the literacy primers of post-Soviet Ukraine

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In Soviet Ukraine, school textbooks served as primary tools in the state project of transmitting Communist Party ideology while, at the same time, subsuming any sense of a uniquely Ukrainian identity and culture. This paper explores the shifting ideological content and national identity narratives in early language learning textbooks in Ukraine, with a comparative focus on texts used in Ukrainian and Russian language schools during the Soviet and post-Soviet era. The survey of texts spans four time periods: (1) the early 1980s, pre-perestroika; (2) the late 1980s as the Soviet Union began to collapse; (3) the 1990s after Ukraine gained independent nationhood; and (4) the 2000s. Using discourse analysis, this study finds that the one-dimensional picture of communist ideologies and ideals embedded in the pre-perestroika texts wavers and becomes more complicated in the late 1980s, immediately dissolving after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Moreover, ABCs and early literacy texts used in Ukrainian language schools not only dropped communist ideology content after 1991, but swiftly came to feature distinctly Ukrainian cultural tropes and an overall reimagining of its unique “national” history. In contrast, textbooks used in Russian language schools merely replaced dominant Soviet identity tropes with Russo-centric cultural allusions and images, thus continuing the subsumption of Ukrainian identity and history.

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Mead, Michael. "(Re)Learning Ukrainian: Language politics and cultural corrections in the literacy primers of post-Soviet Ukraine" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493664_index.html>

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Mead, M. A. "(Re)Learning Ukrainian: Language politics and cultural corrections in the literacy primers of post-Soviet Ukraine" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493664_index.html

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Abstract: In Soviet Ukraine, school textbooks served as primary tools in the state project of transmitting Communist Party ideology while, at the same time, subsuming any sense of a uniquely Ukrainian identity and culture. This paper explores the shifting ideological content and national identity narratives in early language learning textbooks in Ukraine, with a comparative focus on texts used in Ukrainian and Russian language schools during the Soviet and post-Soviet era. The survey of texts spans four time periods: (1) the early 1980s, pre-perestroika; (2) the late 1980s as the Soviet Union began to collapse; (3) the 1990s after Ukraine gained independent nationhood; and (4) the 2000s. Using discourse analysis, this study finds that the one-dimensional picture of communist ideologies and ideals embedded in the pre-perestroika texts wavers and becomes more complicated in the late 1980s, immediately dissolving after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Moreover, ABCs and early literacy texts used in Ukrainian language schools not only dropped communist ideology content after 1991, but swiftly came to feature distinctly Ukrainian cultural tropes and an overall reimagining of its unique “national” history. In contrast, textbooks used in Russian language schools merely replaced dominant Soviet identity tropes with Russo-centric cultural allusions and images, thus continuing the subsumption of Ukrainian identity and history.


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