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Fragile elite : the dilemmas of China's top university students

Author: Susanne Bregnbæk
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, [2016] ©2016
Series: Anthropology of policy (Stanford, Calif.)
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"China's One Child Policy and its rigorous national focus on educational testing are well known. But what happens to those "lucky" few at the very top of the pyramid: elite university students in China who grew up under the One Child Policy and now attend the nation's most prestigious universities? How do they feel about having made it to the top of an extremely competitive educational system--as their parents' only  Read more...
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Bregnbæk, Susanne.
Fragile elite.
Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2016
(DLC) 2015017617
(OCoLC)908699013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Susanne Bregnbæk
ISBN: 9780804797795 080479779X
OCLC Number: 934514514
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 173 pages).
Contents: Sculpting in time --
Filial piety and existential dilemmas --
Youth and the party-state --
Between parents, party and peers --
The double-binds of "education for quality" --
Success, well-being and the question of suicide.
Series Title: Anthropology of policy (Stanford, Calif.)
Responsibility: Susanne Bregnbaek.

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"China's One Child Policy and its rigorous national focus on educational testing are well known. But what happens to those "lucky" few at the very top of the pyramid: elite university students in China who grew up under the One Child Policy and now attend the nation's most prestigious universities? How do they feel about having made it to the top of an extremely competitive educational system--as their parents' only child? What pressures do they face, and how do they cope with the expectations associated with being the best? Fragile Elite explores the contradictions and perplexities of being an elite student through immersive ethnographic research conducted at two top universities in China. Susanne Bregnbæk uncovers the intimate psychological strains students suffer under the pressure imposed on them by parents and state, where the state acts as a parent and the parents reinforce the state. Fragile Elite offers fascinating insights into the intergenerational tensions at work in relation to the ongoing shift in educational policy and definition of what a "quality" student, child, and citizen is in contemporary China"--Publisher's description.

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