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ERIC Number: EJ984990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9441
(Re)Construction: Ways International Students Talk about Their Identity
Koehne, Norma
Australian Journal of Education, v49 n1 p104-119 Apr 2005
International students have often been spoken about in academic literature as a group with group problems and "identities". In this article, I use postmodern and poststructuralist ways of analysing to look at the ways international students (re)construct storylines about themselves. Some discourses construct closed and limited subject positions for students based on difference and sameness. Others are more fluid and complex, and are based on reinvention and hybridity. Students show resistance to some positionings made available to them. Acknowledging and celebrating the diversity of subjectivities that international students (re)construct may begin a process of exploding international education out of limited and constricted binarisms that are so often used in talking about what it is.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia