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Educating the Chinese Individual: Life in a Rural Boarding School

Educating the Chinese Individual
Life in a Rural Boarding School

Mette HANSEN (Author)

University of Washington Press, 2016
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    About this book

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.
    About the author

Mette Halskov Hansen is professor of China studies at the University of Oslo. She is the author of Lessons in Being Chinese: Minority Education and Ethnic Identity in Southwest China and coeditor of iChina: The Rise of the Individual in Modern Chinese Society.
A result of the author's fieldwork at a rural boarding school in Zhejiang from 2008 to 2012, this book reveals that the trend of school education and the cultural practice of the younger generations in China have increasingly emphasized the individual while moving away from socialist educational traditions. This book deepens our understanding of how individualization is manifested in the state school, and in a bigger picture, the Chinese society.
ISBN: 9780295994093
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Sizes: 229x140mm
Publication: 9/2016
Weight: 330g

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