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Mobility as ‘becoming’ : a Bourdieuian analysis of the factors shaping international student mobility

Tran, Ly Thi 2016, Mobility as ‘becoming’ : a Bourdieuian analysis of the factors shaping international student mobility, British journal of sociology of education, vol. 37, no. 8, pp. 1268-1289, doi: 10.1080/01425692.2015.1044070.

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Title Mobility as ‘becoming’ : a Bourdieuian analysis of the factors shaping international student mobility
Author(s) Tran, Ly ThiORCID iD for Tran, Ly Thi
Journal name British journal of sociology of education
Volume number 37
Issue number 8
Start page 1268
End page 1289
Total pages 22
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0142-5692
Keyword(s) Bourdieu
international education
international students
student mobility
vocational education
Summary This paper unpacks the meanings and implications of the mobility of international students in vocational education – an under-researched group in the field of international education. This four-year study found that transnational mobility is regarded as a resourceful vehicle to help international students ‘become’ the kind of person they want to be. The paper justifies the value of re-conceptualising student mobility as a process of ‘becoming’. Mobility as ‘becoming’ encompasses students’ aspirations for educational, social, personal and professional development. Theorising mobility as ‘becoming’ captures international students’ lived realities and has the potential to facilitate the re-imagining of international student mobility with new outlooks. By theorising mobility as ‘becoming’, this research suggests the importance of drawing on the integrated and transformative nature of Bourdieu’s forms of capital in understanding the logics and practice of the social field – international student mobility.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/01425692.2015.1044070
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
1608 Sociology
1399 Other Education
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID ARC DP0986590
Copyright notice ©2015, Informa
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