Europe in the Classroom

World Culture and Nation-Building in Post-Socialist Romania

  • Simona Szakács

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Educational Media book series (PSEM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Simona Szakács
      Pages 131-174
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 231-280

About this book


This book provides an unconventional account of post-1989 education reform in Romania. By drawing on policy documentation, interviews with key players, qualitative data from everyday school contexts, and extensive textbook analysis, this groundbreaking study explores change within the Romanian education system as a process that institutionalises world culture through symbolic mediation of the concept ‘Europe’. The book argues that the education system’s structural and organisational evolution through time is decoupled from its self-depiction by ultimately serving a nation-building agenda. It does so despite notable changes in the discourse reflecting increasingly transnational definitions of the mission of the school in the post-1989 era. The book also suggests that the notions of ‘nation’ and ‘citizen’ institutionalised by the school are gradually being redefined as cosmopolitan, matching post-war patterns of post-national affiliations on a worldwide level.


world culture Education and State Socialism Europeanization Citizenship National identity Textbook Research Post-Socialist Romania Nation-Building

Authors and affiliations

  • Simona Szakács
    • 1
  1. 1.Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook ResearchMember of the Leibniz AssociationBrunswickGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-60257-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-60258-5
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