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Growing GapsEducational Inequality around the World$
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Paul Attewell and Katherine S. Newman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732180

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732180.001.0001

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Middle-class Losers?

Middle-class Losers?

The Role of Emotion in Educational Careers in Hong Kong

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(p.162) 8 Middle-class Losers?
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Growing Gaps
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Yi‐Lee Wong

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732180.003.0008

This chapter focuses on some so-called middle-class losers: seventeen students of a middle-class origin selected from a qualitative study of community-college students in contemporary Hong Kong. They all failed in their previous attempts to follow a traditional route to a local university—passing the required local public examinations—and instead chose an unconventional alternative that became available in Hong Kong in 2000, studying for an associate degree in community college, in the hope that they would transfer later to a university. Based on their personal accounts of educational achievements and failures, the chapter explores the role of emotion in their educational careers to see what we can learn from them in understanding educational inequality.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, educational attainment, educational inequality, community college, middle class, educational system

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