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Confucius and Crisis in American Universities

Culture, Capital, and Diplomacy in U.S. Public Higher Education, 1st Edition

By Amy Stambach


136 pages

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China’s investment in U.S. higher education has raised considerable debate, but little research has been directed to the manner in which this investment unfolds and takes shape on the ground in local contexts. Confucius and Crisis in American Universities fills this gap by closely investigating how Chinese-funded U.S. programs are understood and configured in the modern American university. Drawing on interviews with Chinese teachers and their American students, as well as conversations with university administrators, this book argues that Chinese investment in American higher education serves as a broad form of global policy, harnessing the power of intercultural exchange as a means of managing international diplomatic relations through the experiences of university students.

A transnational study, Confucius and Crisis in American Universities questions and reframes conventional notions of economic globalization and flexible citizenship, demonstrating how Chinese investment in U.S. education advances the lives of the already-privileged by creating access to overseas labor and markets, but to the exclusion of middle- and working-class students. A valuable and timely resource for scholars of education and anthropology, this book will also be useful to anyone interested in education policy or international affairs.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: History in the Light of U.S.-China Educational Exchange

Chapter 3: Language Instruction in Confucius Institutes

Chapter 4: Administrators’ Views of Confucius Institutes

Chapter 5: Campus and Community Participants

Chapter 6: Chinese Teachers in the United States

Chapter 7: Confucius Institutes: Saving Face, or Selling Out?



About the Author

Amy Stambach is Professor of Education at the University of Oxford, UK.

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Education in Global Context

Education in Global Context takes seriously the transnational migration of commerce, capital and peoples, and the implications of such for education and social structure in global context. Globalization—in the world economy, in patterns of migration, and increasingly in education—affects all of us. The increasingly globalized and knowledge based economy renders the linkages between education and social and economic outcomes and arrangements empirically "up for grabs" in a wide variety of nations while simultaneously more important than ever. This series underscores the consequences of the global both internationally and here at home while simultaneously stressing the importance of a paradigmatic shift in our understanding of schooling and social/economic arrangements.

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