Reimagining Utopias

Theory and Method for Educational Research in Post-Socialist Contexts

  • Iveta Silova
  • Noah W. Sobe
  • Alla Korzh
  • Serhiy Kovalchuk

Part of the Bold Visions in Educational Research book series (BVER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Iveta Silova, Noah W. Sobe, Alla Korzh, Serhiy Kovalchuk
    Pages 1-12
  3. Researcher Positionality, Power, and Privilege

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Christine Beresniova
      Pages 15-31
    3. Tatiana Bogachenko
      Pages 33-47
    4. Meg P. Gardinier
      Pages 49-64
    5. Elena Aydarova
      Pages 65-81
  4. Research, Community Engagement, and Activism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Veselina Lambrev
      Pages 101-117
  5. Data Collection, Collaborations, and Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Martha C. Merrill, Christopher Whitsel
      Pages 143-161
    3. Elise S. Ahn, Maganat Shegebayev
      Pages 163-179
    4. Ulviyya Mikayilova, Elmina Kazimzade
      Pages 181-198
  6. Disciplinary Paradigms and Academic Traditions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Irena Lesar, Klara Skubic Ermenc
      Pages 245-259
    3. Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes
      Pages 261-280
    4. Mark Malisa
      Pages 281-297
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299
    2. Noah W. Sobe, Iveta Silova, Alla Korzh, Serhiy Kovalchuk
      Pages 301-315
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 317-327

About this book


Reimaginig Utopias explores the shifting social imaginaries of post-socialist transformations to understand what happens when the new and old utopias of post-socialism confront the new and old utopias of social science. This peer-reviewed volume addresses the theoretical, methodological, and ethical dilemmas encountered by researchers in the social sciences as they plan and conduct education research in post-socialist settings, as well as disseminate their research findings. Through an interdisciplinary inquiry that spans the fields of education, political science, sociology, anthropology, and history, the book explores three broad questions: How can we (re)imagine research to articulate new theoretical insights about post-socialist education transformations in the context of globalization? How can we (re)imagine methods to pursue alternative ways of producing knowledge? And how can we navigate various ethical dilemmas in light of academic expectations and fieldwork realities? Drawing on case studies, conceptual and theoretical essays, autoethnographic accounts, as well as synthetic introductory and conclusion chapters by the editors, this book advances an important conversation about these complicated questions in geopolitical settings ranging from post-socialist Africa to Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The contributors not only expose the limits of Western conceptual frameworks and research methods for understanding post-socialist transformations, but also engage creatively in addressing the persisting problems of knowledge hierarchies created by abstract universals, epistemic difference, and geographical distance inherent in comparative and international education research. This book challenges the readers to question the existing education narratives and rethink taken-for-granted beliefs, theoretical paradigms, and methodological frameworks in order to reimagine the world in more complex and pluriversal ways.


Post-socialism Educational theory Indigenous knowledge Research methodology Globalization

Editors and affiliations

  • Iveta Silova
    • 1
  • Noah W. Sobe
    • 2
  • Alla Korzh
    • 3
  • Serhiy Kovalchuk
    • 4
  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Loyola University ChicagoUSA
  3. 3.School for International Training Graduate Institute, World LearningUSA
  4. 4.University of TorontoCanada

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