1st Edition

Home Schooling in China Culture, Religion, Politics, and Gender

By Xiaoming Sheng Copyright 2020
    232 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    232 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Home Schooling in China seeks to provide a better understanding of the social movement of home schooling in China. In this book, the author addresses several major themes of home education, including marketization, social stratification, culture, religion, Confucianism, gender policy, gender, and home schooling.

    This book draws a broad attention to the in-depth information to the relationship of marketisation, social stratification, and home education in China. It offers an implication for a better understanding not only for influences of religion (e.g. Christianity) but also the effects of Confucianism on the growth of home education in China. With a strong theoretical foundation, the book comprehensively untangles the key possible factors that shape China’s social movement of home education. The book offers a background on theories and research methodology, as well as reports on empirical studies that analyse the influences of marketisation on home schooling, social stratification, and the development of home schooling.

    This book is ideal reading for academics, researchers, and postgraduate students in the fields of Confucianism, social class, gender, and education in China.

    Chapter 1. Setting the scene

    Chapter 2. Choices with market: being marginalised in marketisation of education

    Chapter 3. Social class and choice: an inside perspective on families vs schools in China

    Chapter 4. Christian home education in China

    Chapter 5. Confucian home education in China

    Chapter 6. Cultural order and parents’ motivations for practising home education in China

    Chapter 7. Family-cultured habitus and its influences on the development of home education in China

    Chapter 8. Gendered habitus in home education in China

    Chapter 9. Gender, technology, and home-schooling development in China

    Chapter 10. Understanding social movement: liberal and conservative agendas in home education in China

    Chapter 11. Home education and law in China

    Chapter 12. Understanding conservative home-schooling movements: global contexts and international trends

    Chapter 13. Contributions and conclusions


    Xiaoming Sheng has a PhD in Sociology of Education from the University of Cambridge, UK. She is interested in developing theorisations of social class and how it is mediated by gender. Her research mainly focuses on higher education choice, home education, parental involvement, social stratification, gender, and social inequality.