Governing Educational Desire: Culture, Politics, and Schooling in China

Andrew B. Kipnis

  • PublishedApril, 2023
  • Binding平裝 / 21*14.8 / 244pages / 單色(黑) / 中文
  • Publisher國立臺灣大學出版中心
  • SeriesHumanities and Society Series 20
  • ISBN978-986-350-720-8
  • GPN1011200331
  • Price NT$360
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Parents in China greatly value higher education for their children, but the intensity and effects of their desire to achieve this goal have largely gone unexamined—until now. Governing Educational Desire explores the cultural, political, and economic origins of Chinese desire for a college education as well as its vast consequences, which include household and national economic priorities, birthrates, ethnic relations, and patterns of governance.
Where does this desire come from? Andrew B. Kipnis approaches this question in four different ways. First, he investigates the role of local context by focusing on family and community dynamics in one Chinese county, Zouping. Then, he widens his scope to examine the provincial and national governmental policies that affect educational desire. Next, he explores how contemporary governing practices were shaped by the Confucian examination system, uncovering the historical forces at work in the present. Finally, he looks for the universal in the local, considering the ways aspects of educational desire in Zouping spread throughout China and beyond. In doing so, Kipnis provides not only an illuminating analysis of education in China but also a thought-provoking reflection on what educational desire can tell us about the relationship between culture and government.
★ The Society for East Asian Anthropology (SEAA) 2012 Francis L. K. Hsu Book Prize.

Andrew B. Kipnis is Senior Fellow in the Departments of Anthropology and Political and Social Change at the Australian National University.


第一章 導論
第二章 地方脈絡中的教育欲望
第三章 涵蓋教育欲望:國家政策在鄒平縣的實施
第四章 歷史化教育欲望:東亞傳統中的治理
第五章 地方中的普遍性:教育欲望被全球化與全球化的諸面向
第六章 結論