Xu, L (2016) Mainland Chinese students at an elite Hong Kong university: habitus–field disjuncture in a transborder context. British Journal of Sociology of Education. ISSN 1465-3346

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Abstract

Drawing on in-depth interview data from 31 mainland Chinese (MLC) students in a Hong Kong university, this article conceptualises MLC and Hong Kong higher education as two dissonant but interrelated subfields of the Chinese higher education field. The article argues that these MLC students’ habitus, one that possesses rich economic, social and cultural capital, prompts a strong sense of entitlement to anticipated privileges. However, this sense of entitlement is disrupted by the differential capital valuations across these fields. There is thus notable habitus–field disjuncture, which, exacerbated by the hysteresis effect, gives rise to a sense of disappointment and ambivalence. This article demonstrates how the Hong Kong education credential, which these students initially set out to pursue as a form of capital, can become a disadvantage at multiple levels; the article illustrates that capital valuation and conversion in a transborder context is not a straightforward, but rather a complicated and sometimes contradictory, process.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in British Journal of Sociology of Education on 7 April 2016, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2016.1158642
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bourdieu, habitus, field, hysteresis, Hong Kong, mainland China,
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2016 15:14
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 15:14
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/2186

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