This book examines tensions between the Chinese state and Chinese universities. It looks at the state’s demand for political socialization as a restriction on university autonomy and the university’s promotion of academic development through promoting academic freedom and fostering critical thinkers, using Jour University in PRC, as a case study.
The book focuses on the dynamics and complexity of the interplay between the state, universities, faculty, staff and students in the process of socialization through political education and academic affairs. Theories on political socialization and higher education guide this study. As universities’ socio-political task of imbuing students with a certain type of ideology coexists with their role of promoting university autonomy, examining China’s higher education system provides important insights as different players’ interaction. These present a dynamic picture of role differentiation as a strategy to cope with a politically restricted autonomy, which challenges some common stereotypes that have been put on Chinese universities within the global community.
Dr. Xiaoxin Du works as research assistant professor at Fudan Development Institute. She got her bachelor and master degree at School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University in 2008 and 2012. Her Ph.D. degree was earned in 2017 from Faculty of Education in the University of Hong Kong. She worked as a post-doctoral research fellow in East China Normal University from December 2017 to November 2020. Her research interests include higher education policy, academic mobility, youth studies, political socialization in universities, citizenship education.