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China’s emphasis on political socialization function in moral education: A power perspective

Ye Wang Bei Koch

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While many scholars have noted that political socialization is emphasized in moral education in China, few have examined what informs this emphasis. Using a power in education analysis model, this article identifies the social forces impacting moral education, and analyzes the relationship between these forces and the process of moral education. This article argues that China emphasizes political socialization in moral education to preserve and advance the interests of the country’s dominant political groups.

Keywords: China – political – socialization – moral – education – power