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Author Bregnbæk, Susanne, author.

Title Fragile elite : the dilemmas of China's top university students / Susanne Bregnbaek.

Publication Info. Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2016]

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Description 1 online resource.
Series Anthropology of policy
Anthropology of policy.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Sculpting in time -- Filial piety and existential dilemmas -- Youth and the party-state -- Between parents, party and peers -- The double-binds of "education for quality" -- Success, well-being and the question of suicide.
Summary China's One Child Policy and its rigorous national focus on educational testing are well known. But what happens to those "lucky" few at the very top of the pyramid: elite university students in China who grew up under the One Child Policy and now attend the nation's most prestigious universities? How do they feel about having made it to the top of an extremely competitive educational system--as their parents' only child? What pressures do they face, and how do they cope with the expectations associated with being the best? Fragile Elite explores the contradictions and perplexities of being an elite student through immersive ethnographic research conducted at two top universities in China. Susanne Bregnbæk uncovers the intimate psychological strains students suffer under the pressure imposed on them by parents and state, where the state acts as a parent and the parents reinforce the state. Fragile Elite offers fascinating insights into the intergenerational tensions at work in relation to the ongoing shift in educational policy and definition of what a "quality" student, child, and citizen is in contemporary China.
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Subject Beijing da xue -- Students.
Qing hua da xue (Beijing, China) -- Students.
Beijing da xue.
Qing hua da xue (Beijing, China)
Bei jing da xue
Qing hua da xue Peking
College students -- China -- Beijing -- Social conditions.
College students -- Family relationships -- China -- Beijing.
Education, Higher -- Social aspects -- China -- Beijing.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Bregnbæk, Susanne. Fragile elite. Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2016 9780804796071 (DLC) 2015017617 (OCoLC)908699013
ISBN 9780804797795 (electronic bk.)
080479779X (electronic bk.)