1st Edition

Critical Perspectives on Equity and Social Mobility in Study Abroad Interrogating Issues of Unequal Access and Outcomes

Edited By Chris Glass, Peggy Gesing Copyright 2022
    196 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    196 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume brings together the perspectives of a diverse group of international scholars to explore the intersections of study abroad and social mobility. In doing so, it challenges universalist assumptions and power imbalances implicit in study abroad across the Global North and South, and explores the implications of COVID-19 for equity within study abroad programs, policy, and practice going forward.

    Offering empirical, theoretical, and conceptual contributions, Critical Perspectives on Equity and Social Mobility in Study Abroad foregrounds critical reflection on the stratification of access to study abroad and examines the varied outcomes of international study in relation to graduates’ entry into domestic and international labor markets. Focusing on the experiences and outcomes of students from varied backgrounds, chapters identify a number of power imbalances relating to student race, ethnicity, religion, local and international policies and politics, and put forward valuable recommendations to ensure greater equity within the field.

    Against the backdrop of growing criticism over the power imbalances in international exchange, this text will benefit researchers, academics, and educators with an interest in higher education, international and comparative education, and multicultural education. Those interested in educational policy and the sociology of education more broadly will also benefit from this book.

    1. Introduction: Study Abroad and Social Mobility: Access and Labor Market Inequality in a Post-COVID-19 World
      Chris R. Glass and Peggy Gesing

      PART 1: Access to Study Abroad within and across Countries
    2. Power Imbalances: Inequality in International Exchange in the UK and Thailand Jayme Scally, Abigail Parrish, and Piyachat Dhephasadin Na Ayudhya
    3. Mobility of Muslim Students Seeking Higher Education: A Dream Fraught with Challenges
      Enakshi Sengupta, Fahrettin Sumer, and Andrew Ssemwanga
    4. Increasing Access to Student Mobility: Sustainable Study Abroad Programs at Rural Community Colleges
      Michelle R. Lieberman, Dean Roughton, and Mitchell R. Williams
    5. PART 2: Study Abroad and Labor Market Inequality

    6. Employer Perceptions of Study Abroad: Subverting or Supporting Labor Market Inequality?
      Peter G. Ghazarian
    7. Global Policy Impacts on Career Outcomes: An International Student Mobility Case Study
      Peggy Gesing, Natalie Cruz, and R. Jason Lynch
    8. What Does it Take to Find a Job Today? International Chinese Doctoral Student Perspectives on Domestic and International Employment
      Xin Zhao and Michael Kung
    9. The Effects of Studying Abroad on Graduate Careers: The Case of Graduates from a Japanese University
      Maki Kato
    10. PART 3: Expanding Opportunity in Study Abroad

    11. The Linguistics of English Colonialism in Study Abroad: Translating the Study Abroad Experience for Language Minority Students
      Z. W. Taylor and Daniel Becton
    12. The Study Abroad Diamond: Examining the Facets of Supporting Student Mobility Erik Jon Byker, S. Mike Putman, and Adriana L. Medina
    13. Alternatives to Study Abroad: Internationalization at Home as a Key Strategy to Providing Opportunities for Cultural and International Exposure
      Weronika A. Kusek


    Chris R. Glass is Professor of Practice in Educational Leadership and Higher Education, Boston College, USA

    Peggy Gesing is Assistant Professor of Medical and Health Professions Education (MHPE) Programs, Eastern Virginia Medical School, USA

    Without reservation, I applaud this multi-faceted and in-depth examination laying bare the stratification and inequities of study abroad. This book challenges the vestiges of privilege and provides ways that equity can be infused within study abroad.

    --Linda Serra Hagedorn, Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University, USA

    This volume on Social Mobility in Study Abroad addresses important aspects of both access and outcome of global student mobility, by a diverse team of scholars from a rich variety of perspectives. Further research of this topic will have particularly important impact in the context of developing countries, where the intersection of social justice and student mobility is yet to be in the center of concern and discussion.

    --Yenbo Wu, Associate Vice President, Division of International Education, San Francisco State University, USA

    Critical Perspectives on Equity and Social Mobility in Study Abroad: Interrogating Issues of Unequal Access and Outcomes brings together a truly international array of perspectives on education abroad and its economic implications. It is hard to imagine a more important topic during the current period of transition and uncertainty.

    --Gerardo L. Blanco, Academic Director, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College, USA

    Critical Perspectives on Equity and Social Mobility in Study Abroad: Interrogating Issues of Unequal Access and Outcomes sheds light on a critically-important issue that has been far too often ignored, namely, social inequality in study abroad. Utilizing a comparative cross-national approach, this edited volume offers a highly-welcomed examination of a gnawing concern for all of us engaged in international education.

    --William I. Brustein, Special Assistant to the President for Global Affairs, Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of History, West Virginia University, USA

    This book is a very interesting and much needed book. It highlights aspects too often neglected when discussing the link between student mobility, labor market access and social mobility. It provides a comprehensive global overview of the topic with contributions by authors from different backgrounds and it does not limit itself to underline the problem of inequality, but also explores possible solutions to it.

    -- Giorgio Marinoni, Manager, HE and Internationalization, International Association of Universities, UNESCO House, France

    This timely book speaks directly to how to rebuild study abroad to make it more accessible, equitable, and aligned with inclusive social and economic mobility outcomes. Informed by the diverse perspectives of authors who have worked in a variety of national, cultural and institutional contexts, this book points to a way forward for a field that needs bold thinking and fresh ideas to guide it into the future. This is a must read for all involved with developing, managing and assessing study abroad programming.

    -- Brian Whalen, Executive Director, American International Recruitment Council; International Education Leadership Fellow, University at Albany, USA