"Changing Fate". Education, poverty and family support in contemporary Chinese society
Berlin: LIT Verlag
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In post-Mao China, the efficacy of education as a springboard to upward mobility is put into question by a growing gap between the rich and the poor, increasing educational costs, and a shortage of employment opportunities for the rapidly growing number of graduates.
Yet, this ethnographic account of everyday life on the arid Loess Plateau in China’s north-western province of Gansu documents local farmers’ astounding educational hopes. It shows how students and graduates from economically deprived rural family backgrounds learn to understand their education-based rural-to-urban mobility as part of a mission to change their personal ‘fate’ – and with it that of their family.