Family strategies, guanxi, and school success in rural China. Ailei Xie. New York, NY: Routledge, 2016. 128 pp. (hardcover), £95.00, ISBN: 978-1-138-84106-2.

Family strategies, guanxi, and school success in rural China. Ailei Xie. New York, NY: Routledge,... Book Review 559 effectively improved. LI Miao Shandong University E-mail: limiao@sdu.edu.cn DOI 10.3868/s110-005-016-0047-7 Family strategies, guanxi, and school success in rural China. Ailei Xie. New York, NY: Routledge, 2016. 128 pp. (hardcover), £95.00, ISBN: 978-1-138- 84106-2. There are many ways in which parents can help their children succeed in school. Parents are aware that the more they are involved in their children’s schooling, the better their children may do in school. However, parents’ keenness to get involved is not officially channeled. Xie opens up the issue of how rural parents from different social backgrounds employ their interpersonal social network (guanxi) to produce and reproduce advantages for their children in the quest for school success. He describes in meticulous field notes how these rural parents are strategically involved in schooling as a social capital transference process in a rural region wedged in by national economic reforms. By the end of the book, the reader understands how the state legitimizes parents’ role in schooling, and the relationship between parents and teachers in China. Social networks, that constitute effective family strategies for rural parents helping their children succeed in educational competition, are caught up in what in the West calls the “neoliberal http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Frontiers of Education in China Brill

Family strategies, guanxi, and school success in rural China. Ailei Xie. New York, NY: Routledge, 2016. 128 pp. (hardcover), £95.00, ISBN: 978-1-138-84106-2.

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Book Review 559 effectively improved. LI Miao Shandong University E-mail: limiao@sdu.edu.cn DOI 10.3868/s110-005-016-0047-7 Family strategies, guanxi, and school success in rural China. Ailei Xie. New York, NY: Routledge, 2016. 128 pp. (hardcover), £95.00, ISBN: 978-1-138- 84106-2. There are many ways in which parents can help their children succeed in school. Parents are aware that the more they are involved in their children’s schooling, the better their children may do in school. However, parents’ keenness to get involved is not officially channeled. Xie opens up the issue of how rural parents from different social backgrounds employ their interpersonal social network (guanxi) to produce and reproduce advantages for their children in the quest for school success. He describes in meticulous field notes how these rural parents are strategically involved in schooling as a social capital transference process in a rural region wedged in by national economic reforms. By the end of the book, the reader understands how the state legitimizes parents’ role in schooling, and the relationship between parents and teachers in China. Social networks, that constitute effective family strategies for rural parents helping their children succeed in educational competition, are caught up in what in the West calls the “neoliberal

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