Teachers as Language-Policy Actors: Contending with the Erasure of Lesser-Used Languages in Schools

Kara Brown, University of South Carolina - Columbia

© 2010 by American Anthropological Association


On the basis of an ethnographic study of the Võro-language revitalization in Estonia, this article explores the way teachers function as policy actors in the broader context of the school. As policy actors, the language teachers' appropriation of regional–language policy helps simultaneously to reproduce and challenge existing ideologies in the school environment. I explore the teachers' understandings of their power and freedom to inform their navigation of the circumscribed choices offered in a post-Soviet educational system. [language, anthropology of policy, teachers, Baltic]