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Author Howlett, Zachary M., 1976- author
Title Meritocracy and its discontents : anxiety and the national college entrance exam in post-Mao China / Zachary M. Howlett
Imprint Ithaca [New York] : Cornell University Press, 2021
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 Modern History Library  378.51 H865    DUE 07-21-23    30550100692241
 RCHSS Library  LB2353.8.C6 H68 2021    AVAILABLE    30560400692882
Descript xiv, 266 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Prologue : The Final Battle -- A Fateful Rite of Passage : The Gaokao and the Myth of Meritocracy-"Study Changes Fate" -- Mobility, Time, and Value : The High Stakes of Examination and the Ideology of Developmentalism-"Water Flows Downwards and People Move Upwards" -- Counterfeit Fairness : State Secrets and the False Confidence of Test Takers-"My Generation Was Raised on Poison Milk" -- Diligence versus Quality : Merit, Inequality, and Urban Hegemony-"The Way of Heaven Is to Reward Hard Work" -- Courage under Fire : The Paradoxical Role of Head Teachers and the Individualizing Moment of Examination-"Attitude Determines Knowledge" -- Magic and Meritocracy : Popular Religious Responses to Examination Anxiety-"If Your Faith Is Sincere, Your Prayer Will Be Effective" -- Epilogue : Lost and Confused
"An ethnography of the National College Entrance Examination, the Gaokao, in contemporary China. Discusses the exam as a fateful rite of passage that justifies and reinforces social inequality and the myth of meritocracy while enabling people to personify the cultural virtues of diligence, grit, composure, and divine favor or luck"-- Provided by publisher
Link Online version: Howlett, Zachary M., 1976- Meritocracy and its discontents. Ithaca [New York] : Cornell University Press, 2021 9781501754456 (DLC) 2020025195
Subject Gaokao (Educational test) -- Social aspects
Universities and colleges -- China -- Entrance examinations
Achievement tests -- China
Alt Title Anxiety and the national college entrance exam in post-Mao China
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