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Universities and Globalization

To Market, To Market, 1st Edition

By Ravinder Kaur Sidhu


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Universities and Globalization: To Market, To Market examines the operations of power and knowledge in international education under conditions of globalization, with a focus on the three biggest exporters of higher education--the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. An interdisciplinary approach based on the core social sciences is used to explore the power relations that shape global education networks. The role of nation-states in creating the conditions for education markets and the desire for a Westernized template of international education in the postcolonial world is discussed. The volume offers a sophisticated attempt to recast international education as a series of geopolitical and geoeconomic engagements that transcend simple supply and demand dynamics.

Engaging with the theoretical debates about education and globalization, this book examines global cultural "flows" and boundary crossings, the cultural economy of education networks, and the possibilities for supra-territorial subjectivities. International education markets are examined from the perspectives of both first world producers and postcolonial consumers. By investigating how first world universities imagine and enact the global in their marketing practices, the expressions of cultural diversity valued by education markets, and the types of individual and institutional subjectivities merging from markets, Universities and Globalization: To Market, To Market offers students, faculty, administrators, marketing consultants, and others who work in the area a highly nuanced account of the global relations fostered by education markets. This original, critical examination of the forms and cultural politics of international education is a significant contribution to the field.


"…readers of this volume will find it well referenced, with a 32 page bibliography of citation to diverse unpublished documents as well as scholarly and popular publications….tables and charts provide helpful data on international trends."

PsycCRITIQUES, December 13, 2006, Vol. 51, No. 50

"…tackles a set of substantive issues and questions that are very relevant today….The discussion of international education in the ambivalence of the postcolonial world is a most important and current topic for academic conversation."

—Carlos Alberto Torres, University of California at Los Angeles

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Prologue: Personal and Political Influences. Rethinking International Education: Place/Space and Politics. Discursive Power and Subjectivity. Globalization: Ways of Knowing. "In America's Interest." Education@UK. Australia: 'Diversity' ma non troppo. Singapore: East Meets West. Brazil: "Priority Market." To Market, To Market.

About the Series

Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education

This series focuses on studies of public and private institutions, the media, and academic disciplines that contribute to educating--in the broadest sense--students and the general public. The series welcomes volumes with multicultural perspectives, diverse interpretations, and a range of political points of view from conservative to critical. Books accepted for publication in this series will be written for an academic audience and, in some cases, also for use as supplementary readings in graduate and undergraduate courses.

Topics to be addressed in this series include, but are not limited to, sociocultural, political, and historical studies of

Local, state, national, and international educational systems

Elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities

Public institutions of education such as museums, libraries, and foundations

Computer systems and software as instruments of public education

The popular media as forms of public education

Content areas within the academic study of education, such as curriculum and instruction, psychology, and educational technology

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