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ERIC Number: EJ1151639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1945-0222
Subjectivity and Spirituality during Study Abroad: A Case Study
Wolcott, Timothy; Motyka, Matthew J.
L2 Journal, v5 n2 p22-42 2013
In this paper, we examine the case of Veronica, an American undergraduate studying abroad in Paris, whose struggles to negotiate linguistic and cultural differences highlight a deeply personal and emotional attempt to reconcile the symbolic values she assigns to her national, ethnic and "imagined" identities. While at first glance this student's accounts may seem self-centered, a closer inspection reveals a depth of worries, passions, and desires that suggests a degree of reflexivity and self/other awareness long associated with personal development, intercultural competence, and even spiritual conversion. Considering this case study through the dual lenses of subjectivity and spirituality affords a reframing of Veronica's desire to re-invent herself as indicative not of an urge to cling to the familiar but of an incipient metanoia, or a profound shift in her way of looking at herself and the world. Following the case study, we explore the implications of our approach for study abroad research and outline a curriculum for helping students address issues related to subjectivity and spirituality during a term abroad.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France (Paris)
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