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ERIC Number: EJ972917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
Disenchantment and Participatory Limits of Compulsory Education: Lessons from Southwest China
Wu, Jinting
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v42 n4 p621-645 2012
Despite the state's unrelenting efforts to enforce compulsory basic education, schooling in rural ethnic China remains an elusive ideal that leads to massive dropout and prepares many only for factory sweatshops. Based on 16 months of ethnographic research, this article examines the disjuncture between the official education policy known as the Two Basics Project (TBP) and the lived practices and beliefs observed in two rural ethnic communities. It investigates how students' disenchantment and withdrawal from school challenges compulsory education as a fragile universalist attempt at social progress. Instead of merely examining what factors contribute to the policy failure, the analysis questions the very "progressive" ideals and teleological visions at work in China's educational programming, and challenges binaries such as literacy/illiteracy, cultured/uncultured, modernity/traditionalism. (Contains 26 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China