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Widening participation – Intra-Asian Student Mobility within Higher Education.

Conference contribution
Authors Marie Carlson
Published in Gender and Education Association conference (GEA), Compelling Diversities, Educational Intersections London South Bank University, 23rd-26th April 2013
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Sociology and Work Science
Language en
Keywords education, gender, Asia, transnational mobility, emotions, life stories
Subject categories International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Cultural Studies, Social Anthropology, Sociology, Educational Sciences


Widening participation – Intra-Asian Student Mobility within Higher Education. Access to education has long been the reason for migration and mobility. This contribution focuses on intra-Asian student mobility – a theme that so far has been given scant attention. Earlier research interest has most been on the increased numbers of young people from Asian countries obtaining higher education in Western countries. The paper will present some results from fieldwork in Turkey within a broader interdisciplinary research project containing six sub-studies (Turkey, Malaysia/Singapore, Indonesia, India/Nepal, Thailand/Burma, United Arab Emirates). In the project a so-called soft comparison is used with life stories as a common methodology with a special interest in power hierarchies based on gender, class, ethnicity and religion. The project draws theoretical inspiration from cultural, migration, ethnicity and gender studies. Youth is seen as a trans-national and political category in relation to social spaces and structures – the use of social media is central. The concept of social transnational fields is applied rather than viewing nation states as independent and autonomous. Within the fluidity of globalisation the concept of ‘eduscapes’ can be used for schools/education across the world with increasingly common structures, values and educational processes. In this context young people are negotiating culture-framed pasts, the complex present and contingent futures. Examples from four Asian life stories in a Turkish context will be used to illustrate how young people may depart from historical, state and trans-national narratives about the individual, citizen and state, but still go beyond in attempting to create their own futures where education becomes an important site.

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