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ERIC Number: EJ1156908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0729-4360
The Internationality Imperative in Academia. The Ascent of Internationality as an Academic Virtue
Hamann, Julian; Zimmer, Lena M.
Higher Education Research and Development, v36 n7 p1418-1432 2017
The paper investigates internationality as an academic virtue that is highly relevant for research biographies. The discursive trajectory of this virtue is assessed by comparing ascriptions of internationality in 216 academic obituaries from the US, UK and Germany, from physics, sociology and history, and from the 1960s, 1980s and 2000s. Our analysis reveals that internationality as a virtue is more prevalent in German than in US obituaries, that it plays a greater role in physics than in history obituaries, and that, independent from national and disciplinary contexts, the ascription of internationality increases over time. The results are relevant for research on academic values and on the internationalization of academia. By drawing on obituaries, the analysis conveys how "internationality" developed as a discursive construct, and how it turned into an imperative that academics increasingly have to comply with in order to be deemed honorable.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States; United Kingdom; Germany
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