1st Edition

Parallel Societies of International Students in Australia
Connections, Disconnections, and a Global Pandemic

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ISBN 9780367655341
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
160 Pages

USD $160.00

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Book Description

Parallel Societies of International Students in Australia explores the social and cultural spaces that international students occupy in destination countries. It specifically examines the connections they make and the significance of this parallel society in helping them become resilient, empowered and self-sufficient. It further explores the way in which international students become disconnected from the family and friends they left behind at home, as well as from local communities.

Drawing on a decade worth of research into the social, cultural, real and digital spaces occupied by international students in Australia, the book also reflects on the biggest challenge humanity has faced in a hundred years; the COVID-19 global pandemic. It considers the impact that the decisions made by the Australian government and international education stakeholders in response to this evolving crisis have had on international students. ​

This book will be of interest to academics and stakeholders involved in international education and working with international students.

Table of Contents

Prologue. 1. International student parallel societies and why they matter 2 Connections 3. Disconnections 4. Expectations, Misconceptions and Misunderstandings 5.A Crisis of Pandemic Proportions. Appendix.

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Catherine Gomes is Associate Professor in the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University. Catherine’s work contributes to the understanding of the evolving migration, mobility and digital media nexus. Catherine specialises on the social, cultural and communication spaces of international students, their wellbeing and their digital engagements.