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Educating the Chinese Individual: Life in a Rural Boarding School (Hardback)
  • Educating the Chinese Individual: Life in a Rural Boarding School (Hardback)

Educating the Chinese Individual: Life in a Rural Boarding School (Hardback)

Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 18/11/2014
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In twenty-first-century China, socialist educational traditions have given way to practices that increasingly emphasize the individual. This volume investigates that trend, drawing on Hansen's fieldwork in a rural high school in Zhejiang where students, teachers, and officials of different generations, genders, and social backgrounds form what is essentially a miniature version of Chinese society. Hansen paints a complex picture of the emerging "neosocialist" educational system and shows how individualization of students both challenges and reinforces state control of society.

Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 9780295994086
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


Educating the Chinese Individual is an ethnographically rich and stimulating study. It enriches our knowledge about a relatively under-studied group-rural youth and young teachers-in a marginal setting. It challenges some common assumptions of the changing landscape of school education and everyday cultural practice of the younger generations in post-socialist China. . . . This book will attract a wide readership in educational studies but will also appeal to audiences in sociology and anthropology who are interested in social change and youth culture in contemporary China.

-- Xuan Dong * China Quarterly, The *

[E]xcellent. . . . [T]his ethnography is a fine depiction of a slice of life in China today. The important issues it handles show the value of having more ethnographies of Chinese secondary schools, including studies of first-tier, vocational, and urban high schools from many parts of the country.

-- Andrew B. Kipnis * The China Journal *

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