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Учитель железнодорожной школы (к типологии советских педагогических сообществ)

Антропологический форум. 2012. № 16. С. 403-418.

This article presents a case study of Soviet teachers' professional identity based on interviews with former teachers of railroad-sponsored schools in Orenburg region. This group demonstrates very high loyalty to their institutions and high percieved professional autonomy and status.  The proposed level of explanation for the specific professional identity of the studied group is that of structure of local pedagogical community and it's relations with educational authorities.  All Soviet railroad-sponsored schools were
subordinate not to local educational department but to educational department of railroad branch (often geographically remote). This created two symbolic resources for teachers' professional experience. First, translocal professional community of road branch, and second, administrative barrier between railroad schools and local educational administration, heavily used by former teachers in constructing narratives on professional autonomy.