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- DescriptionOne of the most controversial policies in Chinese mirity education concerns the so-called inland ethnic mirity schools or classes in Han inhabited areas in China. Since 2000, boarding Xinjiang Classes have been established in the eastern cities of China for high school students from the Xinjiang Uyghur Automous Region, in order to educate young Uyghur and other ethnic mirity students through the national curricula. Although the Xinjiang Classes are supposed to promote ethnic integration between the Muslim Uyghur mirity and the Han majority, there often remains a gap between the stated policy goal and its actual implementation. Guided by the theoretical framework of social capital analysis, this book therefore examines how Uyghur students in the Xinjiang Classes respond to the school goal of ethnic integration. Chen conceptualizes the process of Uyghur students' responses to the school goal of ethnic integration as social recapitalization. While their former social capital from families or communities in Xinjiang is constrained in the boarding school, Uyghur youths are able to develop independent and new social capital to facilitate their schooling. Nonetheless, they lack bridging social capital, which makes the goal of ethnic integration more difficult to achieve.
- Author BiographyYangbin Chen teaches at the University of New South Wales.
- Author(s)Yangbin Chen
- PublisherLexington Books
- Date of Publication28/05/2008
- SubjectEducation & Teaching
- Series TitleEmerging Perspectives on Education in China
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLexington Books
- Content Note1 map
- Weight508 g
- Width164 mm
- Height250 mm
- Spine21 mm
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