Palgrave Studies on Chinese Education in a Global Perspective

Guanxi, Social Capital and School Choice in China

The Rise of Ritual Capital

Authors: Ruan, Ji

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  • Explores the phenomenon of guanxi in relation to school choice in China
  • Develops a new concept of 'ritual capital' as vital to the practice of guanxi
  • Draws on in-depth ethnographic research in Chinese schools
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This book focuses on the use of guanxi (Chinese personal connections) in everyday urban life: in particular, how and why people develop different types of social capital in their guanxi networks and the role of guanxi in school choice. Guanxi takes on a special significance in Chinese societies, and is widely-discussed and intensely-studied phenomenon today. In recent years in China, the phenomenon of parents using guanxi to acquire school places for their children has been frequently reported by the media, against the background of the Chinese Communist Party‚Äôs crackdown on corruption. From a sociological perspective, this book reveals how and why parents manage to do so. Ritual capital refers to an individual's ability to use ritual to benefit and gain resources from guanxi.

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Ji Ruan is Lecturer at Hanshan Normal University, China. His research interests include Educational Sociology and Elderly Studies. 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Guanxi, Social Capital and School Choice in China
Book Subtitle
The Rise of Ritual Capital
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies on Chinese Education in a Global Perspective
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40754-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40754-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40753-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82174-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 194
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