Since the issue of “Law on Promoting Private Education” in 2002, private schools as the new consumption goods for China’s middle-class households have been spreading rapidly in Chinese cities. But what drives the existing process of marketization of schooling (MS) in China alongside its sociospatial consequences remain unclear. I aim to fill this void by firstly, developing a grounded analysis of the political economy of MS in China. Secondly, by understanding (i) marketizing schooling as politicized process involving stakeholders and power relations on the governing of public resources, (ii) marketized schooling as economic goods attracting flows of capital and population, and (iii) private schools as fields that shapes and shaped by actors’ meaningful daily experiences, identity and class, I attempt to further explore how MS makes new mobility, identity and urban politics in China. This thesis therefore contributes to a new perspective to understand China’s contemporary entrepreneurial urbanism characterized by growth-oriented governance alongside intensified social inequality/exclusion.
About the Speaker:
Miss Mengzhu ZHANG received her bachelor degree in Urban Planning from Sun Yat-sen University and master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Peking University. Her research interests lie at (1) transport equity and transport-based exclusion; and (2) the political economy of China’s evolving urban governance. She published several papers on Journal of Transport Geography, Transportation Research Part D, Cities etc. Her ongoing researches include gendered mobility and smart cities, and the financialisation of China’s post-crisis urban governance.
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