Negotiating global citizenship, protecting privilege : western expatriates choosing local schools in Hong Kong

Julian M. GROVES, Paul James O'CONNOR

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Abstract

We examine school choices made by western expatriate parents in post-colonial Hong Kong in order to understand the essence of imagined global citizenship and its implications for existing ethnic and class inequalities in the education system. Responding to changes in the global job market, a small but increasingly visible group of parents are seeking to challenge what they see as the constraints of expatriate life by developing global opportunities for their children through Cantonese language acquisition in the local education system. Drawing on the sociological literature on school choice and middle-class identity, we argue that these parents are negotiating for themselves a global imaginary in which cultures can easily be traversed and social class is levelled. But such global desires, we suggest, can also replicate colonial privilege in a way that marginalises poorer schools and other ethnic minorities in the education system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-395
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Volume39
Issue number3
Early online date27 Jul 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018

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Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

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