An emotional journey: pursuing a bachelor’s degree for rural students in four elite universities in Shanghai, PRC
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AbstractIn the People’s Republic of China (PRC), educational expansion together with the promotion of market competition is taken as a measure of addressing a structural rural–urban divide in educational inequality. In following the emotional journeys of pursuing a bachelor’s degree for 32 rural students in four elite universities in Shanghai, this paper explores an emotive impact of such a measure on rural students. Despite feeling pride at getting into university,many respondents were ashamed because of their perceived academic and social inadequacies vis-à-vis their urban classmates. The stigmatisation of the rural accentuated their feelings of shame and even made many respondents not feel confident about seeking a career in a city. An individualistic approach framed in a selfreliance discourse, even in a socialist society, to address structural educational inequality, is doomed to fail to confront an unequal opportunity structure, but offloads the cost of change, including the emotional cost, to individual students.
All Author(s) ListQing Liao, Yi-Lee Wong
Journal nameCambridge Journal of Education
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsElite university, emotions, People’s Republic of China, rural students, Shanghai

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