ERIC Number: EJ1094223
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Rural Dispositions of Floating Children within the Field of Beijing Schools: Can Disadvantaged Rural Habitus Turn into Recognised Cultural Capital?
Mu, Guanglun Michael; Jia, Ning
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v37 n3 p408-426 2016
The rapid pace of urbanisation in China has seen a massive increase in the movement of the rural population to work and live in urban regions. In this large-scale migration context, the educational, health, and psychological problems of floating children are becoming increasingly visible. Different from extant studies, we focus our investigation on the rural dispositions of floating children through interviews with leaders, teachers, and students in four schools in Beijing. Drawing on Bourdieu's key notions of habitus, capital, and field, our study indicates that the rural habitus of floating children can differentiate these children from their urban peers. This habitus can be marginalised and stigmatised in certain fields but can be recognised and valued as capital in other fields. Our paper offers some implications for research and practice in relation to the schooling of floating children.
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Cultural Capital, Interviews, Administrator Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Disadvantaged, Social Bias, Urbanization, Rural to Urban Migration, Mental Disorders, Educational Research, Educational Practices, Migrant Children, Focus Groups, High School Students, Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Physical Health, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: China (Beijing)
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