Rural dispositions of floating children within the field of Beijing schools: can disadvantaged rural habitus turn into recognised cultural capital?

Mu, Guanglun Michael & Jia, Ning (2016) Rural dispositions of floating children within the field of Beijing schools: can disadvantaged rural habitus turn into recognised cultural capital? British Journal of Sociology of Education, 37(3), pp. 408-426.

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Abstract

The rapid pace of urbanisation in China has seen a massive increase in the movement of the rural population to work and live in urban regions. In this large-scale migration context, the educational, health, and psychological problems of floating children are becoming increasingly visible. Different from extant studies, we focus our investigation on the rural dispositions of floating children through interviews with leaders, teachers, and students in four schools in Beijing. Drawing on Bourdieu’s key notions of habitus, capital, and field, our study indicates that the rural habitus of floating children can differentiate these children from their urban peers. This habitus can be marginalised and stigmatised in certain fields but can be recognised and valued as capital in other fields. Our paper offers some implications for research and practice in relation to the schooling of floating children.

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ID Code: 80163
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: floating children, rural dispositions, Bourdieu, China
DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2014.939264
ISSN: 1465-3346
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis Group
Deposited On: 15 Jan 2015 22:32
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2016 17:46

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