Through an ethnographic study of schooling in the Republic of Tatarstan, this book explores how competing notions of nationhood
and belonging are constructed, articulated and negotiated within educational spaces. Amidst major political and ideological
moves toward centralization in Russia under the Putin presidency, this small provincial town in Tatarstan provides a unique
case of local attempts to promote and preserve minority languages and cultures through education and schooling. Ultimately,
the study reveals that while schooling can be an effective instrument of the state to transform individuals as well as society
as a whole, school also encompasses various spaces where the agency of local actors unfolds and official messages are contested.
Looking at what happens inside schools and beyond-in classrooms, hallways and playgrounds to private households or local Islamic
schools-Dilyara Suleymanova here offers a detailed ethnographic account of the way centrally devised educational policies
are being received, negotiated and contested on the ground.