A1 Journal article (refereed)
Indigenous education in Russia : opportunities for healing and revival of the Mari and Karelian Indigenous groups? (2020)

Khanolainen, D., Nesterova, Y., & Semenova, E. (2020). Indigenous education in Russia : opportunities for healing and revival of the Mari and Karelian Indigenous groups?. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Early online. https://doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2020.1834350

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Khanolainen, Daria; Nesterova, Yulia; Semenova, Elena

Journal or series: Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education

ISSN: 0305-7925

eISSN: 1469-3623

Publication year: 2020

Volume: Early online

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2020.1834350

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/72332


Despite being a multicultural country throughout its history, the Russian Federation has long struggled to embrace its diversity. As a result, the country’s many cultural, religious, and ethnic minority groups have been going through waves of assimilationist policies and practices. Assimilation into the Russian society enforced through formal schooling, daily life, and mass media has led to a destruction of Indigenous lifestyles, cultures, identities, and languages. This article explores the views of Russia’s Indigenous people regarding the country’s education system and its ability to support the cultural revival of Indigenous groups as well as the healing of the trauma that emerged from historical oppression. Within the scope of this article, we investigate the views of two Indigenous groups: Mari and Karelian peoples. Their insights show that despite the decrease in discrimination, the education system has not yet changed its assimilative tendencies.

Keywords: national minorities; indigenous peoples; ethnic minorities; linguistic minorities; indigenous languages; minority languages; education and training; educational systems; ethnic identity; linguistic identity

Free keywords: indigenous education; indigenous language; indigenous identity; minority education; Russia

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