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ERIC Number: EJ803536
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1028-3153
Reflections on Nation: American Undergraduates and Education Abroad
Dolby, Nadine
Journal of Studies in International Education, v11 n2 p141-156 2007
Study abroad is increasingly a key component of U.S. universities' efforts to both create and solidify their commitments to international education. This article specifically examines how American undergraduates negotiate their national identity in the context of studying abroad. Although universities often promote study abroad through paradigms that emphasize global awareness, national sentiments and identity are still fundamental elements of how Americans see and position themselves in the world, particularly in the post--September 11 context. Drawing on Craig Calhoun's scholarship on national identity, the author argues that students negotiate a middle path between what he terms a "thin" (cosmopolitan) and a "thick" (ethnocentric) sense of national identity. In conclusion, the author suggests that although global awareness is a broad and often nebulous pedagogical goal of study abroad, critical reflection on national identity is both obtainable and an important step toward global citizenship.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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