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Transnational Students and Mobility

Lived Experiences of Migration, 1st Edition

By Hannah Soong


204 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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As globalisation deepens, student mobility and migration has not only impacted economy and institutions, it has also infused human desires, imaginaries, experiences and subjectivities. In Transnational Students and Mobility, Hannah Soong portrays the vexed nexus of education and migration as a site of multiple tensions and existence and examines how the notion of imagined mobility through education-migration nexus transforms the social value of international education and transnational mobility.


"The nexus between international education and migration is a complex one, and suggests a new kind of transnational cultural politics, transforming the notion of migrancy itself. This book provides a wonderful analysis of the aspirations of international students to embrace the new possibilities that transnationalism now offers -- of global mobility, opportunities and flexible citizenship." - Professor Fazal Rizvi, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, Australia

"This richly detailed book interestingly reveals how multiple and conflicting logics of belonging and imagining generates new understandings of the processes of transnationalism, migration and identity." - John Urry, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK

Table of Contents

Part One: Transnational Student-Migrant Nexus and Mobility 1. Introduction 2. Transnational Student-Migrant Nexus and Mobility Part Two: Understanding the Mode of Consciousness of a Transnational Individual 3. Transnational Mobility as Mode of Consciousness of the ‘West 4. Understanding the Lived Experiences of Intercultural Adjustment and Identity Change Part Three: Lived Episodes and Interpretations 5. ‘Fitting- In’: Intercultural adjustment process through teaching practicum experiences 6. Looking Out: The pains and gains of mobility 7. Being-In-Flux: Imaginations of ‘nostalgia’ and ‘fantasy’ Conclusion: Hermeneutic reflections on the complexities of student mobility References Appendices Appendix 1: Timeline of interviews for participants in phase Appendix 2: Timeline of interviews for participants in phase 2 Appendix 3: An Example of Data Analysis for Meaning Appendix 4: Specialised Subjects Student-Migrants Were Tasked to Teach Appendix 5: Profile of Student-Migrants Community Engagement/Part-Time Work Activities

About the Author

Hannah Soong is a lecturer at the University of South Australia. Her research interests lie in the sociological study of the transnational mobility through education. Her key research disciplines include migration and identity studies, social imagination, teacher education and the intersubjectivity of self and society in postmodernity. By using socio-anthropological lenses in her doctoral work, Hannah has developed a conceptual framework to deepen one’s understanding on the meaning of mobility of students who are on the verge of migration through education processes.

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Routledge Advances in Sociology

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General