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Youth Protests Against Privatization of Public Education in Post-Soviet Latvia, Ukraine, and Russia

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Russia, Ukraine, and Latvia are no longer immune to neoliberal discourses and reforms, introducing market-oriented practices in the sector of public education (Steiner-Khamsi, Silova, Johnson, 2006). Among the local stakeholders, these reforms are generally associated with the lowering of the quality of education and further widening of social inequalities. While these reforms directly target children and youth as the major recipients of educational services, there is no research on how youth representatives themselves understand, conceptualize, and act upon the newly introduced privatization reforms. This paper fills in this gap through the critical discourse analysis of videos, social media, and newspaper articles about youth protests against privatization of public education. The paper captures the opinions and activities of youth in three different settings and compares them to the official policy rhetoric on privatization in Latvia, Ukraine, and Russia. Although youth become increasingly mobilized to protest against privatization reforms, it is unclear how much influence these protests will have on governments' privatization agenda.

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youth, protests, privatization
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Brezheniuk, Viktoriia., Artemev, Nikolai., Kudasova, Marina., Mun, Olga. and Silova, Iveta. "Youth Protests Against Privatization of Public Education in Post-Soviet Latvia, Ukraine, and Russia" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference, Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p706993_index.html>

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Brezheniuk, V. , Artemev, N. , Kudasova, M. , Mun, O. and Silova, I. "Youth Protests Against Privatization of Public Education in Post-Soviet Latvia, Ukraine, and Russia" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference, Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p706993_index.html

Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: Russia, Ukraine, and Latvia are no longer immune to neoliberal discourses and reforms, introducing market-oriented practices in the sector of public education (Steiner-Khamsi, Silova, Johnson, 2006). Among the local stakeholders, these reforms are generally associated with the lowering of the quality of education and further widening of social inequalities. While these reforms directly target children and youth as the major recipients of educational services, there is no research on how youth representatives themselves understand, conceptualize, and act upon the newly introduced privatization reforms. This paper fills in this gap through the critical discourse analysis of videos, social media, and newspaper articles about youth protests against privatization of public education. The paper captures the opinions and activities of youth in three different settings and compares them to the official policy rhetoric on privatization in Latvia, Ukraine, and Russia. Although youth become increasingly mobilized to protest against privatization reforms, it is unclear how much influence these protests will have on governments' privatization agenda.


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