The second generation of rural migrants in Shanghai

Lan, Pei-chia (2014). Segmented incorporation: The second generation of rural migrants in Shanghai. The China Quarterly, 217, p 243-265. DOI:

This article looks at the changing frameworks for the institutional and cultural incorporation of second-generation rural migrants in Shanghai. Beginning in 2008, Shanghai launched a new policy of accepting migrant children into urban public schools at primary and secondary levels. I show that the hukou (household registration) is still a critical social boundary in educational institutions, shaping uneven distribution of educational resources and opportunities, as well as hierarchical recognition of differences between urbanites and migrants. I have coined the term “segmented incorporation” to characterize a new receiving context, in which systematic exclusion has given way to more subtle forms of institutional segmentation which reproduces cultural prejudice and reinforces group boundaries.

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Monique Abud (2014, April 10). The second generation of rural migrants in Shanghai. URBACHINA. Retrieved April 13, 2024, from

Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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  1. Kam Wing Chan

    a useful contribution by Lan. Excellent article. I wrote this piece about Shanghai’s PISA scores and is related:

    滬學生評估奪冠的光環背後 《明報》, 2014-1-3 OECD的PISA 2012年學生評估測驗,上海再奪冠,在國際(包括本港)引起不少爭議。有人認為這是中國實力上升的表現,同時也憂心戚戚,尤其有些美國人,深怕沒法與中國人競爭。反而有些人認為不必過度歡欣(或惶恐),測驗分數不代表分析能力、創造力;這樣說的人,有好幾個竟是國內的知名教育界人士。他們更認為,還要進一步檢省上海那種「應試教學」模式的弊病。最後,也有外國人認為這個分數不正常,是造假的,不具代表性。、…閲讀全文 (


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