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Accidental achievers? International higher education, class reproduction and privilege in the experiences of UK students overseas

Waters, J and Brooks, R (2010) Accidental achievers? International higher education, class reproduction and privilege in the experiences of UK students overseas British Journal of Sociology of Education, 31 (2). 217 - 228. ISSN 0142-5692

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Abstract

To date, scholarship on international students has generally focused on flows from non-western economies to the main English-speaking destination countries (such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia). In contrast, we draw on a qualitative study of 85 UK students who have either completed or are considering undertaking a degree programme overseas. We found that, in opposition to a common image of ‘international students’, UK students are not overtly motivated by ‘strategic’ concerns. Instead, they are seeking ‘excitement’ and ‘adventure’ from overseas study and often use the opportunity to delay the onset of a career and prolong a relatively carefree student lifestyle. Despite these ostensibly ‘disinterested’ objectives, however, UK students remain a highly privileged group and their experiences serve only to facilitate the reproduction of their privilege. The paper calls for a more critical analysis of the spatially uneven and socially exclusive nature of international higher education.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published as Waters J, Brooks R (2010). Accidental achievers? International higher education, class reproduction and privilege in the experiences of UK students overseas. British Journal of Sociology of Education 31(2):217-228 Available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cbse20/31/2
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2012 14:21
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:28
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/533451

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