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Growing Up in Transit

The Politics of Belonging at an International School

Danau Tanu

308 pages, 4 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-408-5 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Not Yet Published (October 2017)

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“This ethnographic study offers a valuable correction to our understandings of the ‘third culture kid’ phenomenon.” · Huon Wardle, Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies, University of St Andrews

Tanu offers the first ethnographic study of young people who experience high levels of international mobility while growing up, either moving across national borders or by attending international schools with trans-national student bodies. Although these students are often assumed to have an international outlook, this book shows that the processes involved in becoming ‘international’ are fraught with tension, given the diversity of this population.

Danau Tanu is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia in Anthropology, Sociology and Asian Studies. She has won an Australia Awards–Endeavour Research Fellowship for her research on young refugees, and has published on “Third Culture Kids”, international schools, and fieldwork methodology for multilingual settings.

Subject: General Mobility Studies General Anthropology Educational Studies

BISAC: SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural; EDU020000 EDUCATION/Multicultural Education; POL003000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Civics & Citizenship

BIC: JN Education; JH Sociology & anthropology


Introduction: Unpacking “Third Culture Kids”

Chapter 1. Educating Global Citizens
Chapter 2. The Power and Cosmopolitanism of English

Chapter 3. Living in Disneyland

Chapter 4. In Pursuit of Cosmopolitan Capital
Chapter 5. The Politics of Hanging out and School Belonging

Chapter 6. Being Asian: Alternative Cosmopolitanisms

Chapter 7. Romantic Attraction
Chapter 8. Who’s United Nations Day?

Conclusion: Transnational Youth

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