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ERIC Number: EJ1158206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1061-1932
Rural Undergraduates at Elite Universities: Learning Experience and Identity
Qing, Liao
Chinese Education & Society, v50 n2 p75-86 2017
The decline in the proportion of rural students at major universities has caused widespread social concern. Special enrollment programs in recent years have increased the proportion somewhat. However, the situation at elite universities in China's transition period is different than before. There are few studies addressing the learning experiences of rural students in the new period. This study uses qualitative methods to research 32 case studies of rural undergraduates at four elite universities in Shanghai. Based on Bourdieu's concepts of capital, field, and habitus, this study finds a mismatch between the habitus of respondents and that of elite universities, which leads to an awkward initial school experience. In accordance with the operating logic of the academic field, they are able to achieve an increase in cultural capital by virtue of their own efforts. This complex class experience also has a far-reaching impact on identity through the individual's response to their own emotions. This conflicted identity is expressed as feeling like either a "country bumpkin" in the big city or a "city person" from the country. [This article was translated by Michelle LeSourd.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China (Shanghai)
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