New Books Network interview with Dr. Edward Vickers

Dr Edward Vickers, co-author of Education and Society in Post-Mao China, recently did an interview with New Books Network. Find out more about the title and the author below, or click here for the full interview!

Dr Edward Vickers is Professor of Comparative Education at Kyushu University and co-editor of Imagining Japan in Post-war East Asia: Identity Poitics, Schooling and Popular Culture (with Paul Morris and Naoko Shimazu, Routledge 2013).

He co-authored the book with Zeng Xiaodong, Professor at Beijing Normal University and author of A Historical Analysis on Education Development from 1978 to 2008: Key Indicators and International Comparisons (2008). 

The post-Mao period has witnessed rapid social and economic transformation in all walks of Chinese life – much of it fuelled by, or reflected in, changes to the country’s education system. This book analyses the development of that system since the abandonment of radical Maoism and the inauguration of ‘Reform and Opening’ in the late 1970s.

'Vickers and Zeng provide a thorough and well-researched overview of the post-Mao education system and its relationship with Chinese society and politics, analyzing the changes of the past four decades. With its impressive breadth and depth, this book will be invaluable for anyone who wants to understand how education works in China.' - Vanessa Fong, Amherst College

You can purchase this title or find out more information via the book's webpage!


This book is part of the series, Routledge Studies in Education and Society in Asia, where Vickers is also the series editor. This series focuses on analyses of Asian educational practices and structures in their broader social, cultural, political and economic context. It will appeal to scholars of various disciplinary backgrounds such as Asian Studies, Education and Social Sciences looking to reach readers beyond the boundaries of their own discipline. Discover more titles in this series below...

Routledge Studies in Education and Society in Asia

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Education and Society in Post-Mao China (Hardback) book cover