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ERIC Number: EJ1117081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
Mobility as "Becoming": A Bourdieuian Analysis of the Factors Shaping International Student Mobility
Tran, Ly Thi
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v37 n8 p1268-1289 2016
This paper unpacks the meanings and implications of the mobility of international students in vocational education--an under-researched group in the field of international education. This four-year study found that transnational mobility is regarded as a resourceful vehicle to help international students "become" the kind of person they want to be. The paper justifies the value of re-conceptualising student mobility as a process of "becoming". Mobility as "becoming" encompasses students' aspirations for educational, social, personal and professional development. Theorising mobility as "becoming" captures international students' lived realities and has the potential to facilitate the re-imagining of international student mobility with new outlooks. By theorising mobility as "becoming", this research suggests the importance of drawing on the integrated and transformative nature of Bourdieu's forms of capital in understanding the logics and practice of the social field--international student mobility.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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