The Politics, Practices, and Possibilities of Migrant Children Schools in Contemporary China

  • Min Yu

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About this book


​Winner of the AERA Division B Outstanding Book Recognition Award

This book examines the dynamics surrounding the education of children in the unofficial schools in China’s urban migrant communities. This ethnographic study focuses on both the complex structural factors impacting the education of children attending unofficial migrant children schools and the personal experiences of individuals working within these communities. As the book illustrates in careful detail, the migrant children schools serve a critical function in the community by serving as a hub for organized collective action around shared grievances related to issues of education, employment, wellbeing, and other social rights. In turn, the development of a collective identity among teachers, students, parents, and other members in the migrant communities makes it possible for activists to begin to working to address multiple forms of discrimination and maltreatment while simultaneously moving towards the possibility of more profound social transformation.


Social Movements Rural-Urban Migration China Sociology of Education Educational Policy and Social Change Comparative and International Studies America American culture Asia Asian culture children culture curriculum education ethnicity policy politics social science sociology

Authors and affiliations

  • Min Yu
    • 1
  1. 1.Wayne State UniversityDetroitUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-50899-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-50900-0
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