"Groundbreaking. . . . Engages in inspiring dialogue with various social theories on the individual-society relationship as well as the cultural construction of the self. . . . A landmark in China studies and the anthropology of the individual."
-Yunxiang Yan, University of California, Los Angeles
"Powerful. . . . [Illuminates] the diverse practices that go into subject formation processes in contemporary China."
-Lisa Hoffman, University of Washington Tacoma
"Educating the Chinese Individual is an ethnographically rich and stimulating study. It enriches our knowledge about a relatively under-studied group-rural youth and young teachers-in a marginal setting. It challenges some common assumptions of the changing landscape of school education and everyday cultural practice of the younger generations in post-socialist China. . . . This book will attract a wide readership in educational studies but will also appeal to audiences in sociology and anthropology who are interested in social change and youth culture in contemporary China."
"[E]xcellent. . . . [T]his ethnography is a fine depiction of a slice of life in China today. The important issues it handles show the value of having more ethnographies of Chinese secondary schools, including studies of first-tier, vocational, and urban high schools from many parts of the country."
-Andrew B. Kipnis, The China Journal