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Palgrave Studies on Chinese Education in a Global Perspective

Educational Journeys, Struggles and Ethnic Identity

The Impact of State Schooling on Muslim Hui in Rural China

Authors: Wu, Xinyi

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  • Draws on in-depth ethnographic research with secondary schools to explore the impact of compulsory education on Muslim Hui youth in China
  • Addresses the agentic power of Muslim Hui youth in negotiating identities under China’s assimilationist approach to its minority education
  • Examines uniquely a Muslim Hui population in Northwest China in a region dominated by Hui
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About this book

This book examines how state schooling in China has economically, culturally, and ideologically had an impact on and gradually transformed a traditional Muslim Hui village in rural Northwestern China. By discussing the interpretation and appropriation of dominant educational discourse of “quality” in the rural context, it illustrates the dichotomies of poverty and prosperity, civility and uncivility, and religiosity and secularity as they are perceived and understood by teachers, parents and students. Based on an original ethnographic research conducted in a secondary school, it further touches upon Muslim Hui students’ negotiations of filial, rural, and ethnoreligious identities when they struggle to seek a life of their own in the journey to prosperity.

The book introduces audiences to multiple ways in which Muslim Hui students construct and negotiate identities through state schooling, especially the educational heterogeneity experienced by various Muslim youth. It also captures the changing rural-urban dynamic as state schooling continues to guide local formal educational activities as well as create tensions and confusions for both teachers and parents. Most importantly, the book challenges stereotypes about Muslim Hui students in Northwest China being assimilated into the mainstream culture by demonstrating how local Muslims live, study, pray, and fulfil the five pillars of Islam. It will be highly relevant to students and researchers in the fields of education, anthropology, sociology, and religious studies.

About the authors

Xinyi Wu is a lecturer at the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies at University of Pennsylvania, USA. Her research involves ethnic minority education in rural China with special focuses on ethnic identity and education, access to education, and quality of education.

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“This remarkable volume offers deep insights into the lives of children from the Hui minority in China, a unique Islamic group of over ten million with their own autonomous region in China’s northwest. Extensive field work using critical ethnography in an impoverished southern county of Ningxia highlights the dilemmas they face between state schooling and religious education. As both insider and outsider, the author depicts their struggles in ways that are both vivid and authentic.” (Ruth Hayhoe, University of Toronto, Canada)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook 83,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-57054-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-57053-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-86066-4
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Educational Journeys, Struggles and Ethnic Identity
Book Subtitle
The Impact of State Schooling on Muslim Hui in Rural China
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies on Chinese Education in a Global Perspective
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-57054-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-57054-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-57053-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86066-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 211
Number of Illustrations
7 illustrations in colour
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