The ‘mobile turn’ in human geography, sociology and cultural studies has resulted in a hitherto unparalleled focus on the critical role that mobility plays in conserving and regenerating society and culture. In this instance, ‘mobility’ refers not just to the physical movement of goods and peoples, ideas and symbols; it can also be analytically applied to the technologies used to facilitate their movement.
One such technology is education, which has yet to fall the under the purview of the mobility lens – something that this collection endeavours to redress. Its contributing authors, drawn from Canada, Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, explore salient issues relating to education and mobility. These include studies of the career implications for academics of moving across borders; the impact of university study on prison populations; policy mobility and the charter school movement; affect theory and policy development in Canada; educational advertising on Sydney trains and stations; and the employment mobile approaches to track policy development and implementation.
One notable feature of the mobility turn is the willingness of its adoptees to explore innovative research methods. Variously demonstrating the efficacy and cogency of autoethnography, affect theory, textual ethnography and human geography for a mobility-empowered education analytics, this collection is no exception. This book was originally published as a special issue of Critical Studies in Education.
Introduction – Making moves: theorizations of education and mobility Kalervo Gulson and Colin Symes
1. Nomadic political ontology and transnational academic mobility Amy Scott Metcalfe
2. The prison is another country: incarcerated students and (im)mobility in Australian prisons Helen Farley and Susan Hopkins
3. Market mobilities/immobilities: mutation, path-dependency, and the spread of charter school policies in the United States Dan Cohen
4. Affect theory and policy mobility: challenges and possibilities for critical policy research Marcia McKenzie
5. Education on the rails: a textual ethnography of university advertising in mobile contexts Colin Symes and Christopher Drew
6. Policy mobilities and methodology: a proposition for inventive methods in education policy studies Kalervo N. Gulson, Steven Lewis, Bob Lingard, Christopher Lubienski, Keita Takayama and P. Taylor Webb