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ERIC Number: EJ1114783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
"Guanxi" and School Success: An Ethnographic Inquiry of Parental Involvement in Rural China
Xie, Ailei; Postiglione, Gerard A.
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v37 n7 p1014-1033 2016
This study examines the differential patterns of school success of rural students as a result of China's market transition. The process dimension, how families from different social backgrounds within rural society get involved in rural schooling and how this contributes to the inequality of school success within rural society, is investigated. The data analysis suggests that schools as institutions provide few official channels for rural parents to participate in rural schools and help their children to achieve school success. This raises the importance of families' strategic initiatives to employ "guanxi" within family, community and between school and family. These make the point that "guanxi" and their employment have become an important mechanism for social inclusion and exclusion in the competition for advantages in school success in post-socialist China.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China
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