Meritocracy and Geographical Stratification

Ye Liu*

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The last chapter of this book will shed light on the geographical dimension of inequality in contemporary China by first examining the national data on the geographical distribution of higher education opportunities, and then by drawing on the in-depth interview data with the participants from rural origins. The previous quantitative analysis provides consistent evidence of the strong impact of geographical origins on students’ Gaokao performance and chances of being accepted in elite universities. The data presented in previous chapters only permit a picture of urban–rural inequality since the main research site includes two provinces in East China. Yet, geographical stratification in contemporary China is manifested in all dimensions—intraprovincial, interregional and urban–rural differences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHigher Education in Asia
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameHigher Education in Asia
ISSN (Print)2365-6352
ISSN (Electronic)2365-6360


  • High Education
  • High Education Institution
  • Rural Background
  • Rural Student
  • Western Province


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