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ERIC Number: EJ995240
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1476-7724
Hong Kong-Based TEFL/TESOL Global Academics: Life, Culture, Mobility, Globalisation and Cosmopolitanism
Lam, Lydia S. T.
Globalisation, Societies and Education, v11 n1 p85-107 2013
This paper is about a qualitative research concerning a group of expatriates' (TEFL/TESOL English language teachers) experiences in Hong Kong. Data related to their life, attitudes and cultural dispositions are discussed under four different states, namely, Adaptation, Drifting in Global Comfort, Drifting in Global Discomfort and Bitter/Sweet Home. Together, these contribute to their mobility pattern--the Global Drift. The study discusses their global experiences and situations relating to the interplay of personal choice on the one hand and changing global and local processes and conditions on the other. It is argued that this is a self-perpetuating group sustained and reproduced by a Global Quality including distinct cultural dispositions, concepts of home and the reproduction of third-culture-kids, who are tailor-made for twenty-first-century mobile work. Finally, the research is situated in the study of cosmopolitanism, particularly in the identification of cosmopolitans and their dispositions. Alternative ways of theorising home (as interactive continuums) and issues related to mobility and dispositions will be discussed briefly. (Contains 2 figures, 2 tables and 17 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong