School of Social and Political Science

Can Tao

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PhD title: Learning the nation: A comparative study of the internalisation and reproduction of nationalism in urban and rural high schools in China

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I argue that the study of nation-building and nationalism should associate top-down forces with bottom-up interpretations and practices. I propose the conception of ‘learning the nation’ as a lens to discover the dynamic interactions between nation-state and individuals, as well as elites and ordinary people.

My research will mainly explore two questions:

1. How do students ‘learn the nation’ through their everyday interactions with other people within and outside schools?

2. How do individuals engage with the state-led patriotic education campaign?

Research interests

Research interests

Everyday nationalism, banal nationalism, National Identity, China, Patriotic education, Ethnography

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