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The Romance of Crossing Borders
Studying and Volunteering Abroad
Edited by Neriko Musha Doerr and Hannah Davis Taïeb
302 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-358-3 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (January 2017)
ISBN 978-1-78920-833-7 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (October 2020)
eISBN 978-1-78533-359-0 eBook
“Overall, this edited volume illustrates the complexities of affective encounters as students and young volunteers cross borders and engage with cultural diversity. Important is the relevance of understanding, studying, and acknowledging how affect impacts subject-making as students travel. There are also important insights that allow practitioners, teachers and programme co-ordinators to think strategically about how to better direct or address affective encounters in more meaningful and productive ways.” • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI)
“The volume provides us with some valuable insights … as an increasing number, if still a minority, of students take up opportunities to spend some of their education in a stay abroad. This book should, therefore, be particularly useful for students and professionals in the ﬁelds of mobility studies, international education and education more broadly.” • Anthropological Forum
“This volume offers an exciting focus for scholarship, and one that definitely speaks to a growing area of interest in, and support for, study abroad as a necessary component of an undergraduate academic career… It offers tools for careful critique and consideration for study abroad at a moment when such tools are valuable and increasingly necessary.” • John Bodinger de Uriarte, Susquehanna University
What draws people to study abroad or volunteer in far-off communities? Often the answer is romance – the romance of landscapes, people, languages, the very sense of border-crossing – and longing for liberation, attraction to the unknown, yearning to make a difference. This volume explores the complicated and often fraught desires to study and volunteer abroad. In doing so, the book sheds light on how affect is managed by educators and mobilized by students and volunteers themselves, and how these structures of feeling relate to broader social and economic forces.
Neriko Musha Doerr received a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Cornell University. She currently teaches at Ramapo College, U.S.A.
Hannah Davis Taïeb has a Phd in anthropology from New York University. She is an independent international educator teaching community engagement and intercultural communication in Paris. She was Resident Director at CIEE-Paris from 2003 to 2015.