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Staying afloat via guanxi : student networks, social capital and inequality in Chinese adult higher education (2019)
Journal Article
Guan, S., & James, F. (in press). Staying afloat via guanxi : student networks, social capital and inequality in Chinese adult higher education. British journal of educational studies, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/00071005.2019.1618788

This study illuminates students’ purposive cultivation of guanxi, or social networks based on continuous exchange of resources, in the context of China’s Adult Higher Education (HE) system. Interviews with 30 students reveal the motivations underpinn... Read More

The influence of cultural capital and mianzi (face) on mature students’ orientation towards higher education in China (2018)
Journal Article
Guan, S., & Ploner, J. (2018). The influence of cultural capital and mianzi (face) on mature students’ orientation towards higher education in China. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2018.1490999

In the wider context of national growth and investment in higher education in China, more mature students seek to gain access to university education. Considering the far-reaching socio-economic and political shifts in contemporary China and its high... Read More