Childhood and Education in the United States and Russia: Sociological and Comparative Perspectives

Katerina Bodovski
The Pennsylvania State University, USA


Product Details
Format:
Hardback
ISBN:
9781787147805
Published:
29 Jul 2019
Publisher:
Emerald Publishing Limited
Dimensions:
200 pages - 152 x 229mm
Current tensions between the U.S. and Russia are at their highest since the end of the Cold War. In such circumstances, it is imperative to go beyond headlines and rhetoric and take a closer look at the texture of Russian and American societies. Childhood and Education in the United States and Russia provides a rich illustration of the social processes within these countries. Through an extensive interdisciplinary literature review and quantitative analyses of both national and international datasets, this book sheds light on three main areas. Firstly, it explores the extent to which the institution of education intersects with the institution of childhood in Russia and the U.S. Secondly, the author provides an illuminating study of how childhood is stratified by the social background into which a child is born in Russia and the U.S. Finally, this book gives new insight into how we observe the strengthening of children's agency, both in theoretical developments in sociology of education and childhood, and educational practice and parental strategies. By discussing education and childhood from a sociological perspective with a focus on similarities and differences by time and place, this book will prove an invaluable resource for students and researchers in the fields of Sociology of Education, Sociology of Childhood and International Education.
Introduction 
Part 1. Establishing Theoretical Tools 
Chapter 1. Childhood and Education Intertwined  
Chapter 2. Children and Schooling through Sociological Lens 
Chapter 3. Understanding Stratification in Socialist and Post-Socialist Space 
Part 2. Comparing Childhoods 
Chapter 4. Change or Continuity: from the Soviet Reality to the New Russia 
Chapter 5. Brave New World? Staggering Inequality in America 
Chapter 6. Quantifying Childhood; Katerina Bodovski and Volha Chykina
Chapter 7. Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going 

Katerina Bodovski is Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Education Policy Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, USA. Her research interests lie in the intersection of sociology of education and childhood, and comparative international education.
A timely tour de force of the historical and contemporary interplay among childhood, parenting, and mass education in two of the most polar societies in the world today. Weaving cultural insights with social science, long-held misconceptions are corrected about growing up in Soviet and post-Soviet societies, and surprising similarities are revealed about the powerful shaping of children and families by an intensifying relationship between schooling and society in both nations. - Professor David P. Baker, Pennsylvania State University, USA

In this insightful and provocative book, Katerina Bodovski explores the dynamic intersections of childhood, schooling, and parenting in the United States and Russia. She digs deep into the interdisciplinary literature and quantitative datasets to reveal unexpected similarities - and enduring differences - across time and space. - Professor Iveta Silova, Arizona State University, USA

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