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Transforming Study Abroad: A Handbook

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Transforming Study Abroad

A Handbook

Neriko Musha Doerr

226 pages, 1 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-115-4 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (December 2018)

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“This is an important contribution to the literature of international education. It deconstructs unexamined orthodoxies and proposes alternative ways of thinking about study abroad that could enrich the theoretical basis for this form of education, and lead practitioners to review what and how they teach.” • Michael Woolf, CAPA, The Global Education Network

“A necessary text… [this book] could go far in changing some of the fundamental questions about designing or carrying out study away programs.” • John J. Bodinger de Uriarte, Susquehanna University


Written for study abroad practitioners, this book introduces theoretical understandings of key study abroad terms including “the global/national,” “culture,” “native speaker,” “immersion,” and “host society.” Building theories on these notions with perspectives from cultural anthropology, political science, educational studies, linguistics, and narrative studies, it suggests ways to incorporate them in study abroad practices. Through attention to daily activities via the concept of immersion, it reframes study abroad not as an encounter with cultural others but as an occasion to analyze constructions of “differences” in daily life, backgrounded by structural arrangements.

Neriko Musha Doerr is an Assistant Professor at Ramapo College. Her publications include Meaningful Inconsistencies: Bicultural Nationhood, Free Market, and Schooling in Aotearoa/New Zealand (Berghahn, 2009), The Romance of Crossing Borders: Studying and Volunteering Abroad (Berghahn, 2017, with Hannah Taïeb).

Subject: General Anthropology Educational Studies General Mobility Studies




Chapter 1. The Global and the National: Does the Global Need the National, and If It Does, What’s Wrong with That?
Chapter 2. Culture: Is It a Homogeneous, Static Unit of Difference?
Chapter 3. Native Speakers: Do They Really Exist, and Should Students Aim to Speak like Them?
Chapter 4. Immersion: Is It Really about “Living Like a Local”?
Chapter 5. Host Society and Host Family: Who Are They, and Who Shapes Their Lives?
Chapter 6. Border Crossing: Do We Instead Construct Borders through Learning and Volunteering?
Chapter 7. Self-Transformation: Do Assessing and Talking about Self-Transformation Involve Power Politics?

Conclusion and Departure: New Frameworks for Study Abroad

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