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.
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.
Acknowledgments Introduction: Chinese Education and Processes of Individualization 1. Discipline and Agency: Quests for Individual Space 2. Text and Truth: Visions of the Learned Person and Good Citizen 3. Hierarchy and Democracy: Controlled Rise of the Individual 4. Motivation and Examination: The Making and Breaking of the Individual 5. Dreams and Dedications: Teachers' Views and the Construction of a Generation Gap Conclusion: Authoritarian Individualization NotesGlossary of Chinese Names and Terms Bibliography Index