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Revisiting the question of institutional design in ethnically divided societies through the lens of minority education : comparative perspectives from Europe’s Eastern periphery, Anna Kyriazi

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Revisiting the question of institutional design in ethnically divided societies through the lens of minority education : comparative perspectives from Europe’s Eastern periphery
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Revisiting the question of institutional design in ethnically divided societies through the lens of minority education
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comparative perspectives from Europe’s Eastern periphery
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Anna Kyriazi
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This thesis puts in a new light the old problem of institutional design for ethnically divided societies. The lens through which I examine this question is mass education, a key mechanism of cultural reproduction and ethno-national homogenization. In doing so I integrate the insights of various intellectual traditions, including the most recent developments in the field of comparative ethnicity and nationalism, as well as neoinstitutional analysis. The logic and method of the thesis is comparative, based on case studies from Europe’s Eastern periphery. It draws its evidence from a variety of sources, including interview material and the related historiography. I begin by delineating the general research problem, reviewing the existing theoretical and empirical literature, and outlining the place of my study in it. A historical and contemporary examination of the basic demographic and policy frameworks in East-Central Europe follows, with the aim of familiarizing the reader with the overall factual context within which the thesis is framed. This leads to the discussion of the comparative logic adopted and the overall methodological approach. The next three analytical chapters interrogate a different sub-question each, based on the contrasting assessment of a pair of carefully selected cases. Despite their differences in substance, approach, and design, these analyses jointly advance the understanding of the drivers of institutional choice and change in ethnically divided societies. But they also go beyond that in their explorations of the ways culture, identity and politics interlink more generally. More specifically, the first analytical chapter, Chapter 4, presents the detailed examination of the evolution of interethnic relations in Bulgaria and Romania. It traces the socio-historical process of how minorities have been forged from formerly dominant populations (Turks and Hungarians, respectively) via the interplay of purposeful nationalizing policies and spontaneous social dynamics, linking this process to the institutional configurations that prevail today. Chapter 5 further elaborates on the role of history and time, exploring the connection between various modalities of "groupness" and the institutional landscape. Specifically, comparing the case of the Russian-speakers in Estonia and the Hungarians in Romania, the chapter investigates the variable ways non-dominant social categories may come to feel attached to "their" institutions constructing notions of fairness and/or collective identities around them, and how these processes may underlie ethnicized conflict. By highlighting the role of institutions, both as mechanisms contributing to the construction of collective identities, as well as objects in interethnic contestation, the chapter offers an innovative take on how ethnic identity and institutions interlink. Finally, Chapter 6 directs attention from the past towards present preoccupations and future prospects, by mapping minorities’ education-related preferences, and explaining what drives their formation. The chapter returns to the pair of the Turks in Bulgaria and the Hungarians in Romania and demonstrates that preferences - as articulated by strategically positioned individuals - are highly context-dependent and that they largely depend on three factors: majority opinion, minority political representation and the appeal of migration as a normative path to upward social mobility. Overall, this thesis demonstrates how constructivist theorizing and empirical analysis can be combined in moving beyond the assumption of clearly defined ethnic groups with clear-cut identities and interests. In doing so, the thesis advocates an institutionalist approach to ethnicity and nationalism as a way to problematiz' "groupness" and endogenize institutions to identity projects. The thesis also shows how history matters, by paying close attention to timing and temporal order and by connecting the passage of time with the creation of collective attachments to institutions. Finally, the thesis explicitly adopts the viewpoint of the non-dominant social categories as a corrective to the idea that the management of diversity depends overwhelmingly on the majority population, government or state
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Kyriazi, Anna
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Defence date: 18 December 2017
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--European University Institute (SPS), 2017
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European University Institute
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  • EUI PhD theses.
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  • Nationalism
  • Education
  • Europe, Eastern
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Revisiting the question of institutional design in ethnically divided societies through the lens of minority education : comparative perspectives from Europe’s Eastern periphery, Anna Kyriazi
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http://hdl.handle.net/1814/49644.
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Examining Board: Professor Hans-Peter Blossfeld, EUI (Supervisor); Professor Anna Triandafyllidou, EUI; Professor Zsuzsa Csergő Queen’s University; Professor Matthias vom Hau, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 246-267)
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xii, 270 pages
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(OCoLC)1021879014
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Revisiting the question of institutional design in ethnically divided societies through the lens of minority education : comparative perspectives from Europe’s Eastern periphery, Anna Kyriazi
Link
http://hdl.handle.net/1814/49644.
Publication
Note
Examining Board: Professor Hans-Peter Blossfeld, EUI (Supervisor); Professor Anna Triandafyllidou, EUI; Professor Zsuzsa Csergő Queen’s University; Professor Matthias vom Hau, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 246-267)
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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FIE
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
xii, 270 pages
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)1021879014

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