Inequality in Public School Admission in Urban China

Discourses, Practices and New Solutions

  • Jing Liu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Jing Liu
    Pages 1-27
  3. Jing Liu
    Pages 29-70
  4. Jing Liu
    Pages 71-95
  5. Jing Liu
    Pages 117-140
  6. Jing Liu
    Pages 171-183
  7. Jing Liu
    Pages 185-200
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 201-221

About this book


This book explores and interprets discourses and practices in school admissions to public lower secondary education in urban China by utilizing a discourse analysis approach and a case study method. It identifies continuities and changes in discourses shaped by diverse forces in public lower secondary school admissions in the context of China’s social transformation from a profit-driven society to a more equitable society, and elucidates the power relationships among stakeholders in public school admissions by analysing their interplay in the process. More importantly, it exposes how current socio-economic, institutional and educational systems are shaping the engagement of stakeholders in the public school admissions process. It also presents some on-going projects intended to yield new policies and practices for more equitable public secondary education in China in the development stage of the post-2015.


Educational inequality School choice Public school admission Urban China Chinese education policy Imbalanced education development

Authors and affiliations

  • Jing Liu
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of TokyoTokyoJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-8717-2
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-8718-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1573-5397
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-9791
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