Title

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

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

British Journal of Sociology of Education

Publication Date

7-27-2017

First Page

1

Last Page

15

Publisher

Routledge

Keywords

Hong Kong, Post-Colonial, Expatriates, Education, Ethnic Minorities

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.

DOI

10.1080/01425692.2017.1351866

Print ISSN

01425692

E-ISSN

14653346

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Recommended Citation

Groves, J. M., & O'Connor, P. (2017). Negotiating global citizenship, protecting privilege: Western expatriates choosing local schools in Hong Kong. British Journal of Sociology of Education, Advance publication, 1-15. doi: 10.1080/01425692.2017.1351866