Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Creativity ClassArt School and Culture Work in Postsocialist China$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Lily Chumley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691164977

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691164977.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM PRINCETON SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.princeton.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Princeton University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in PRSO for personal use.date: 20 May 2022

Art Test Fever

Art Test Fever

Chapter:
(p.60) 3 Art Test Fever
Source:
Creativity Class
Author(s):

Lily Chumley

Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691164977.003.0003

This chapter examines the art test preparation classes that are widely blamed for overproducing the wrong kinds of subjects, with neither creativity nor style, making students who are “blind” and “aimless” (mangmu, mangran). It describes the expansion and standardization of the art test system over the thirty years of reform as a result of tensions between families, profit-motivated test prep industries, and public institutions, showing the limits of education policies and ideologies of creativity in the complex social world of postsocialist China. The chapter also describes the fundamental tension between the values reproduced in the examination system—skills of memorization and reproduction, habitus of diligence and obedience—and the values of the family and its exchange networks, which emphasize personal ties and social graces.

Keywords:   art test, art test preparation classes, art test system, education policies, family values, postsocialist China

Princeton Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.