Xu, L and Yang, M (2019) Ethnicity, temporality and educational mobilities: Comparing the ethnic identity constructions of Mongolian and Tibetan students in China. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 40 (5). pp. 631-646. ISSN 0142-5692

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This paper explores the impact of educational mobilities on the ethnic identity construction of minority students in China. Adopting ‘temporality’ as an analytical tool, this paper highlights the dynamic temporal multiplicity in ethnic identity construction by comparing longitudinal in-depth interviews of a Mongolian and a Tibetan student. This multiplicity of temporality is manifested in three aspects: temporality of ethnic othering, temporality of ethnic identity awakening, and temporality of ‘worldly time’ and ‘ethnic time. The ‘worldly time’ and the ‘ethnic time’ entail distinctive understandings about these students’ pace and priorities in life. Both students defer their ‘permanent’ ethnic identity to an imagined future. Yet, adopting the gaze of the dominant others, both students subconsciously constructed an essentialist view of their ethnic cultures as fixed and stable and those of the dominant cultures as alive and fluid. This paper enriches our understanding of the politics of subjectivation through the lens of ‘temporality’.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Taylor & Francis at https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2019.1576121 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: mobility, ethnicity, temporality, Tibetan, Mongolian, China
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Keele Management School
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2018 09:31
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2020 01:30
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/5539

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