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      Empire at the margins: Compulsory mobility, hierarchical imaginary, and education in China's ethnic borderland

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      London Review of Education
      IOE Press
      CHINA, EDUCATION, MINORITY, STATE, POWER, IMAGINARY
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            This paper presents an ethnographic interpretation of education as a social technology of state sovereign power and governing in the borderlands of contemporary China. Illustrated with snapshots from ethnographic fieldwork conducted in a Pumi (Premi) ethnic village located along China's south-western territorial margins, it is argued that the hierarchical structure of the education system, coupled with the arduous and yet compulsory mobility entailed in educational participation, powerfully shapes the social and political imaginaries of peripheral citizens. Education serves simultaneously as a distance-demolishing technology and a hierarchyestablishing technology that counters the 'frictions of terrain' that traditionally presented a problem to the state for governing such geographically inaccessible borderlands.

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            10430
            London Review of Education
            IOE Press
            1474-8460
            31 March 2014
            : 12
            : 1
            : 5-19
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            1474-8460(20140331)12:1L.5;1- s3.phd /ioep/clre/2014/00000012/00000001/art00003
            10.18546/LRE.12.1.03
            874185e9-baba-42a0-ad31-a84ce2f94d33
            Copyright @ 2014
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            New directions in Chinese educational research

            Education,Assessment, Evaluation & Research methods,Educational research & Statistics,General education
            MINORITY,CHINA,IMAGINARY,POWER,STATE,EDUCATION

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