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From imagined community to imagined social space: The case of three international students

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posted on 2021-01-01, 00:00 authored by B Soltani, Ly TranLy Tran
Drawing on the concepts of imagined community and production of space, this article introduces the concept of imagined social space to understand hopes, dreams, worries, fears, sadness and happiness of three international students who have left their homelands to study in an unfamiliar academic social space. Data from qualitative in-depth interviews with three focal participants from an ethnographic study in a tertiary institution are presented to show that students’ desires, goals and future aspirations are determined by the interplay between social relationships and social conditions governing the social space. The findings of the study give insights into the development of an academic social space framework to capture the dynamic interactions of students’ investments, positionings and negotiations in their imagined space that can shape and reshape their identities.

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Journal

Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration

Volume

5

Pagination

123-143

Location

Bistol, Eng.

ISSN

2397-7140

eISSN

2397-7159

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

2

Publisher

Intellect Ltd

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