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ERIC Number: EJ1217358
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1245
A "Feel-Good" Future: Hopes and Class Identities among Martial Arts Students in China
Dong, Xuan
Education and Urban Society, v51 n6 p848-867 Jul 2019
This article examines how a group of martial arts students in China make sense of their futures and how their hopes toward a "feel-good" future reveal and affect their perceived class identities. Twelve months of ethnographic fieldwork was conducted in Dengfeng, a county-level city in central China. Dengfeng was home to 48 registered martial arts schools and more than 70,000 full-time students in 2012. By uncovering the hopes, aspirations, and perceived class identities of people in martial arts schools, this article argues that the process of class-making for these martial arts students results in constantly reorienting their hopes. These hopes often reflect social comparisons with familiar others like parents, friends, and acquaintances.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: China