Teaching Under China’s Market Economy

The Experience of Migrant Teachers
Part of the Spotlight on China book series (SPOT)


Migration is a broad term used to describe the movement of populations from one place to another. Economic globalization and modern transportation technologies have greatly enhanced the mobility of people across national boundaries. With its international focus, the current debate on migration issues often ignores or overlooks the movement of populations within nation-states.


Market Economy Migrant Worker Migrant Child Public School Teacher Hukou System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Werklund School of EducationUniversity of CalgaryCanada

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