Residence Permits and Points Systems: New forms of educational and social stratification in urban China

Yiming Dong, Charlotte Goodburn

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Abstract

This article draws on analysis of local policy documents and migrant and official interviews to explore the development, implementation and impacts of two aspects of China’s 2014 hukou reforms that have been less scrutinised than the abolition of the rural/urban distinction: the mandatory use of residence permits and points systems for migrants to cities with a population over 5 million. Taking migrant education as a case study, and focusing on Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Beijing, it argues that central and local priorities are more about population control than social equality. Far from their stated aims of equalizing migrant services with locals, the policies introduce new forms of educational and social stratification, aimed at increasing control over migrant selectivity, with far-reaching consequences for Chinese social development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)647-666
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of contemporary china
Volume29
Issue number125
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

Keywords

  • CHINA
  • EDUCATION
  • MIGRATION
  • HUKOU
  • RESIDENCE PERMITS
  • REGISTRATION

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