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ERIC Number: EJ883697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Post-Reciprocity: In Defense of the "Post" Perspective
Johnson, Martha
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v18 p181-186 Fall 2009
In the ongoing dialogue surrounding the project and facilitation of education abroad, several articles and presentations have positioned the conversation in the context of Western colonial history and the behaviors of the colonial traveler. Quite appropriately, such discussions have sought to raise consciousness in regard to the danger of modeling the facilitation of programs abroad on the colonial and expatriate tradition. From this viewpoint, perceived manifestations of the "postmodern" study abroad experience are often referred to with thinly veiled contempt as rootless and cursory "contact zones," conducted in bars and tourist traps, and designed to provide a sanitized and too comfortable cultural experience. The proper application of post-structural, postcolonial, and postmodern theory is remarkably apropos and useful in assisting a student to engage with the complexity of the world they experience when they study abroad. Postmodern theory and methodologies can assist with bringing into consciousness the inherent biases in people's responses to the world around them, and help educators redefine the ways that they organize and deliver study abroad programs. The student who has grown up understanding that "reality TV" is not "real" is adept at grasping the complexities of the postmodern world. Their physical engagement in the act of travel indicates a desire for something more experiential. In this article, the author stresses that it is time to embrace the world they inhabit and maximize its unique educative opportunities from a "pro-post" perspective. (Contains 1 note.)
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