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Understanding the symbolic capital of intercultural interactions: a case study of international students in Australia

Pham, Lien and Tran, Ly 2015, Understanding the symbolic capital of intercultural interactions: a case study of international students in Australia, International studies in sociology of education, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 204-224, doi: 10.1080/09620214.2015.1069720.

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Title Understanding the symbolic capital of intercultural interactions: a case study of international students in Australia
Author(s) Pham, Lien
Tran, LyORCID iD for Tran, Ly orcid.org/0000-0001-6543-6559
Journal name International studies in sociology of education
Volume number 25
Issue number 3
Start page 204
End page 224
Total pages 7
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2015-08-07
ISSN 0962-0214
1747-5066
Keyword(s) Bourdieu
engagement between international and domestic students
institutional factors
intercultural interaction
international students
social differentiation
symbolic capital
Summary Intercultural interaction plays an important role in contributing to international students’ learning and wellbeing in the host country. While research on international students’ intercultural interactions reveals multifaceted aspects of personal and social factors, there is a tendency to consider language barrier and cultural differences as individual factors that constrain their interactions with the institutional community. Drawing on 105 interviews with international students in Australian vocational education and training and dual sector institutions, this paper examines international students’ intercultural interactions in host institutions and the factors that act as enablers or inhibitors for intercultural interactions. It highlights the social and structural conditions in creating symbolic capital of elitist Anglo-Australian culture and English language, and social differentiation. This paper offers insights into understanding the legitimacy of such elitism, in hope that future conceptualisation, research and practices of intercultural interactions may locate international students within their cultural diversity.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09620214.2015.1069720
Field of Research 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30078193

Document type: Journal Article
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