1st Edition

Transnational Students and Mobility Lived Experiences of Migration

By Hannah Soong Copyright 2016
    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    222 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.

    "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