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- DescriptionImages of Chinese teens with their heads buried in books for hours on end, preparing for high-stakes exams, dominate understandings of Chinese youth in both China and the West. But what about young people who are t on the path to academic success? What happens to youth who fail the state's high-stakes exams? What many-even in China-don't realize is that up to half of the nation's youth are flunked out of the academic education system after 9th grade. Class Work explores the consequences for youth who have failed these exams, through an examination of two urban vocational schools in Nanjing, China. Through a close look at the students' backgrounds, experiences, the schools they attend, and their trajectories into the workforce, T.E. Worov explores the value systems in contemporary China that stigmatize youth in urban vocational schools as failures, and the political and ecomic structures that funnel them into working-class futures. She argues that these marginalized students and schools provide a privileged window into the ongoing, complex intersections between the socialist and capitalist modes of production in China today and the rapid transformation of China's cities into post-industrial, service-based ecomies. This book advances the tion that urban vocational schools are t merely holding tanks for academic failures; instead they are incipient sites for the formation of a new working class.
- Author BiographyT.E. Woronov is Senior Lecturer of Anthropology at the University of Sydney.
- Author(s)Terry Woronov
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication25/11/2015
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Weight386 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine20 mm
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