Bold Visions in Educational Research

Reimagining Utopias

Theory and Method for Educational Research in Post-Socialist Contexts

Editors: Silova, I., Sobe, N.W., Korzh, A., Kovalchuk, S. (Eds.)

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  • Textbooks on research methods and theory rarely recognize the contextualized nature of social science, yet this book challenges the existing paradigms and frameworks by arguing that post-socialist settings (like other geopolitical contexts) pose unique methodological, theoretical, and ethical dilemmas which merit careful attention, critical scrutiny, and creative untangling.
  • Each chapter reveals unique theoretical, methodological, and ethical dilemmas encountered by social science researchers and uses illustrative cases to examine researchers’ experiences in navigating complex fieldwork dilemmas in a wide range of post-socialist settings.
  • Spanning the fields of education, political science, sociology, anthropology, and history, this interdisciplinary book is an essential reference point for scholarship on post-socialist education research and will appeal to students, scholars, and researchers in a range of disciplines, as well as to practitioners in the field of international development.
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Reimaginig Utopias explores the shifting social imaginaries of post-socialist transformations to understand what happens when the new and old utopias of post-socialism confront the new and old utopias of social science. This peer-reviewed volume addresses the theoretical, methodological, and ethical dilemmas encountered by researchers in the social sciences as they plan and conduct education research in post-socialist settings, as well as disseminate their research findings. Through an interdisciplinary inquiry that spans the fields of education, political science, sociology, anthropology, and history, the book explores three broad questions: How can we (re)imagine research to articulate new theoretical insights about post-socialist education transformations in the context of globalization? How can we (re)imagine methods to pursue alternative ways of producing knowledge? And how can we navigate various ethical dilemmas in light of academic expectations and fieldwork realities? Drawing on case studies, conceptual and theoretical essays, autoethnographic accounts, as well as synthetic introductory and conclusion chapters by the editors, this book advances an important conversation about these complicated questions in geopolitical settings ranging from post-socialist Africa to Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The contributors not only expose the limits of Western conceptual frameworks and research methods for understanding post-socialist transformations, but also engage creatively in addressing the persisting problems of knowledge hierarchies created by abstract universals, epistemic difference, and geographical distance inherent in comparative and international education research. This book challenges the readers to question the existing education narratives and rethink taken-for-granted beliefs, theoretical paradigms, and methodological frameworks in order to reimagine the world in more complex and pluriversal ways.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reimagining Utopias
Book Subtitle
Theory and Method for Educational Research in Post-Socialist Contexts
Editors
  • Iveta Silova
  • Noah W. Sobe
  • Alla Korzh
  • Serhiy Kovalchuk
Series Title
Bold Visions in Educational Research
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Sense Publishers
Copyright Holder
SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands
eBook ISBN
978-94-6351-011-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-6351-011-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
CCCXXVIII, 8
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