Adaptation of Globally Held Ideas about Research in China’s Universities

  • Brian Yoder
Part of the CERC Studies in Comparative Education book series (CERC, volume 27)


Criticisms of the globalization literature are generally twofold: globalization studies lack empirical evidence (Enders, 2004; Yang, 2002); little empirical evidence has been brought to bear on theories of globalization (Enders, 2004; Vidovich, 2002; Yang, 2003). Recent scholarship on globalization has urged moving beyond conceptualizing globalization as a top–down and homogenizing imposition to a view that stresses the active dynamics occurring between global, national, and local policy processes (Marginson & Rhoades, 2002; Vidovich, 2004). My goals for this chapter are to address the two criticisms by first presenting a globalization study, generating empirical evidence, of Chinese universities, and then using that evidence and the insights gained from it to comment on and critique the three main camps of globalization thought: hyperglobalizers, skeptics, and transformationalists (Held, McGrew, Goldblatt, & Perraton, 1999).


High Education Chinese Communist Party Global Pattern Cultural Revolution High Education Policy 
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  • Brian Yoder
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  1. 1.University in BeijingBeijingChina

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