Private schools in the People's Republic of China: Development, modalities and contradictions

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Chinese private schools may come across as a contradictory phenomenon: why would an authoritarian and officially socialist government, that needs to rely on education as an instrument of national unification and ideological control, allow for private schools and profit-making in the educational sector? However, seen against the background of the far-reaching privatisation processes that have been shaping the Chinese economy and society since the 1990s, one might equally wonder why this seemingly all-pervading privatisation wave had for a long time stopped short of the educational realm. This chapter outlines the development, modalities, and contradictions of private schools in the People’s Republic of China.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Pedagogy


  • private schools, education, comparative education, privatisation
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrivate Schools and School Choice in Compulsory Education
EditorsThomas Koinzer, Rita Nikolai, Florian Waldow
Place of PublicationWiesbaden
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-658-17104-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-658-17103-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch

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