Shifting Discourses from Boy Preference to Boy Crisis: Educating Boys and Nation Building in Neoliberal China

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Shifting Discourses from Boy Preference to Boy Crisis : Educating Boys and Nation Building in Neoliberal China. / Lin, Xiaodong; Mac an Ghaill, Mairtin.

In: Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education , Vol. 40, No. 3, 04.05.2019, p. 281-293.

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Lin, X & Mac an Ghaill, M 2019, 'Shifting Discourses from Boy Preference to Boy Crisis: Educating Boys and Nation Building in Neoliberal China', Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education , vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 281-293. https://doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2017.1312284

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Lin, X., & Mac an Ghaill, M. (2019). Shifting Discourses from Boy Preference to Boy Crisis: Educating Boys and Nation Building in Neoliberal China. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education , 40(3), 281-293. https://doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2017.1312284

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Lin X, Mac an Ghaill M. Shifting Discourses from Boy Preference to Boy Crisis: Educating Boys and Nation Building in Neoliberal China. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education . 2019 May 4;40(3):281-293. https://doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2017.1312284

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Lin, Xiaodong ; Mac an Ghaill, Mairtin. / Shifting Discourses from Boy Preference to Boy Crisis : Educating Boys and Nation Building in Neoliberal China. In: Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education . 2019 ; Vol. 40, No. 3. pp. 281-293.

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