Pedagogies of Culture: Learning to Perform, to Belong and to Remember

  • Dilyara SuleymanovaEmail author
Part of the Anthropological Studies of Education book series (ASE)


This chapter examines the ways in which various categories of belonging are constructed, transmitted and negotiated within school. Tracing Soviet legacies of the ways in which the idea of education (vospitanie as moral upbringing) is understood, it examines various pedagogic techniques employed by teachers to construct, transmit and inculcate in young people particular notions of belonging. Understanding ethnic identity in essentialist ways, local educators see the main task of their educational efforts to be counteracting the effects of de-ethnicization (losing one’s ethnic identity and native language as a result of Russification policies). Ethnographic observations reveal that schools not only educate but actually reinvent and reconstruct ethnic culture in line with what anthropologists call the “objectification of culture”. Furthermore, the chapter discusses how patriotic sentiments and belonging to a region as a distinct entity, as well as various ways of remembering historic events, are constructed and enacted in the classrooms.


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  1. 1.University of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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