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Cultural and political disciplining inside China’s dislocated minority schooling system

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posted on 17.01.2022, 23:45 authored by James LeiboldJames Leibold, Timothy A Grose
More than 200,000 ethnic minority students have passed through China’s dislocated minority schooling system since 1985. This program deracinates adolescent Tibetan, Uyghur and other chiefly minority students from their families and local communities and educates them in Putonghua in boarding schools located in Han ethnic majority cities in central and coastal China. Drawing on detailed rules and regulations from more than a dozen of these schools, this article interrogates the disciplinary mechanisms and dynamics at play in these schools. It highlights how dislocated schooling seeks to re-socialise minority students in the values, ethics and norms of mainstream Han Chinese society, with the goal of creating an ethno-comprador elite to serve as proxies for Han/CCP power while simultaneously functioning as exemplars for those Uyghurs and Tibetans who have yet to fully embrace majority norms.

History

Publication Date

01/01/2019

Journal

Asian Studies Review

Volume

43

Issue

1

Pagination

20p. (p. 16-35)

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

ISSN

1035-7823

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