Immigrant, internationalized jiaoyufication and educational stratification: evidence from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Authors: Qiyan Wu*, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Darren P Smith, Loughborough University
Topics: Urban Geography, Population Geography, Canada
Keywords: Immigrant; Educational Stratification; Planetary Jiaoyufication; Vancouver, Canada
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Iris, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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As an extension of gentrification found in inner city of Nanjing, China, jiaoyufication refers to the social-spatial phenomena of profession and manager class families colonizing the housing in prestigious urban schools’ catchment, and then displace the previous lower class families. Nevertheless, there emerging evidence of Vancouver at Canada demonstrated that while the increasing numbers of middle class families sent their children abroad for identification of “new global citizen” through international study as the class-based social consumption, the extended jiaoyufication in planetary urbanization circumstance were not exclusively driven by individual practice or groups’ strategy of middle classes. However, these affluent educational immigrant families did not only gradually displace local families with different life style within catchment of prestigious schools and formed jiaoyufied communities instead, but also differentiated from their domestic peers in China, and then led to an educational stratification in global scale. Thus, the relationships between immigrant, educational stratification and jiaoyufication in multi-scale settings are raising; as a consequence, it will not only accelerate the shift of local neighborhoods, but also may give rise to the education-led jiaoyufication in cosmopolitan settings, and then caused the further transition of jiaoyufication consequently.

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