The Karen and Education

Learning, Migration and Intergenerational Relations: The Karen and the Gift of Education by Pia Joliffe is published in London by Palgrave Macmillan.

This new book is reviewed at JCA (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2017.1297477) by Shirley Worland of the Faculty of Social Science, Chiang Mai University in Thailand and the Australian Catholic University.

Worland observes that the book “offers a new insight into a particular ethnic group’s engagement with education” as it follows young Karen children from  Thailand and Myanmar, “from the highland to lowland areas, from Myanmar to displaced communities on the Thailand-Myanmar border and from those displaced communities to new lives as resettled refugees in the United Kingdom.” The reviewer says that a “particular strength of this book is the way the concept of education as a gift is represented in personal stories.”

Worland commends the author “for her detailed historical research regarding the provision of education in Myanmar and Thailand by Buddhist, Christian, government, community-based and NGO organisations since the 16th century…”. The book is said to have wide appeal due to the “author’s ability to combine academic and narrative genres…”.

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