Citation

Politics of quality and governing of educational desire in Southwest China

Abstract | Word Stems | Keywords | Association | Citation | Similar Titles



Abstract:

Since the 1980s, the Chinese term suzhi, for which ‘quality’ is in many aspects an inadequate translation, has permeated popular and policy narratives to mark an increasing concern on the nation’s population quality. Suzhi discourse-praxis is primarily found in the state’s birth control and educational policies, closely linked to the technoscientific reasoning of making China globally competitive through improving its population quality. The concern with the ‘qualitative’ makeup of the population is seen in the family-planning policy of ‘superior birth and childrearing,’ the overall educational goal of ‘cultivating socialist citizens with well-rounded development in virtue, wisdom, athleticism, aesthetics, and labor,’ and the recent curriculum rhetoric of learner-centered pedagogy. When used ubiquitously to demarcate human body, rationalize the cultivation of so-called ‘high-quality’ population, and connect the project with the fate of the Chinese nation, suzhi has taken up a ‘sacred’ and ‘salvationist’ overtone.

This paper provides a genealogical purview of the term suzhi and discusses its contestations and paradoxes in everyday educational practices. I draw upon my ethnographic research in southwest China to analyze how suzhi constitutes a floating signifier to enable the differentiation of bodies, the ideal of progressivity, and the making of the internal ‘others.’ In particular, I offer an ethnographic account of the dissonant working of suzhi curriculum reform on the ground and how it complicates pedagogical politics in rural ethnic settings.
Convention
All Academic Convention can solve the abstract management needs for any association's annual meeting.
Submission - Custom fields, multiple submission types, tracks, audio visual, multiple upload formats, automatic conversion to pdf.Review - Peer Review, Bulk reviewer assignment, bulk emails, ranking, z-score statistics, and multiple worksheets!
Reports - Many standard and custom reports generated while you wait. Print programs with participant indexes, event grids, and more!Scheduling - Flexible and convenient grid scheduling within rooms and buildings. Conflict checking and advanced filtering.
Communication - Bulk email tools to help your administrators send reminders and responses. Use form letters, a message center, and much more!Management - Search tools, duplicate people management, editing tools, submission transfers, many tools to manage a variety of conference management headaches!
Click here for more information.

Association:
Name: 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society
URL:
http://www.cies.us


Citation:
URL: http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494212_index.html
Direct Link:
HTML Code:

MLA Citation:

Wu, Jinting. "Politics of quality and governing of educational desire in Southwest China" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 01, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494212_index.html>

APA Citation:

Wu, J. , 2011-05-01 "Politics of quality and governing of educational desire in Southwest China" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494212_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Since the 1980s, the Chinese term suzhi, for which ‘quality’ is in many aspects an inadequate translation, has permeated popular and policy narratives to mark an increasing concern on the nation’s population quality. Suzhi discourse-praxis is primarily found in the state’s birth control and educational policies, closely linked to the technoscientific reasoning of making China globally competitive through improving its population quality. The concern with the ‘qualitative’ makeup of the population is seen in the family-planning policy of ‘superior birth and childrearing,’ the overall educational goal of ‘cultivating socialist citizens with well-rounded development in virtue, wisdom, athleticism, aesthetics, and labor,’ and the recent curriculum rhetoric of learner-centered pedagogy. When used ubiquitously to demarcate human body, rationalize the cultivation of so-called ‘high-quality’ population, and connect the project with the fate of the Chinese nation, suzhi has taken up a ‘sacred’ and ‘salvationist’ overtone.

This paper provides a genealogical purview of the term suzhi and discusses its contestations and paradoxes in everyday educational practices. I draw upon my ethnographic research in southwest China to analyze how suzhi constitutes a floating signifier to enable the differentiation of bodies, the ideal of progressivity, and the making of the internal ‘others.’ In particular, I offer an ethnographic account of the dissonant working of suzhi curriculum reform on the ground and how it complicates pedagogical politics in rural ethnic settings.


Similar Titles:
Understanding new governance in China: The political-legal context and institutional dynamics of the revision of compulsory education law of the PRC

What language-in-education policy models are desired for quality education of language minority students? Evidence from local stakeholder perspectives in northwest China

Private higher education in China: Governance, market, and quality assurance

Information Source Importance, Quality Evaluation, and Scanning for China’s Political Environment: A Government Official’s Perspective


 
All Academic, Inc. is your premier source for research and conference management. Visit our website, www.allacademic.com, to see how we can help you today.