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Title: Educational mobility and the gendered geography of cultural capital: the case of international student flows between Central Asia and the UK
Authors: Holloway, Sarah L.
O'Hara, Sarah L.
Pimlott-Wilson, Helena
Keywords: Higher education
International student mobility
Cultural capital
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: © Pion and its Licensors
Citation: HOLLOWAY, S.L., O'HARA, S.L. and PIMLOTT, H., 2012. Educational mobility and the gendered geography of cultural capital: the case of international student flows between Central Asia and the UK. Environment and Planning A, 44 (9), pp. 2278-2294.
Abstract: International student mobility from East to West has grown rapidly as the middle classes have sought to reproduce their advantage in the context of changing socioeconomic circumstances. Existing research shows that middle-class students and their parents are increasingly using overseas educational qualifications — an institutionalised form of cultural capital — to ensure that they stand out in the competition for lucrative employment. This paper makes two unique contributions to these debates. Firstly, it broadens the spatial frame away from East Asia to the emerging educational markets in post-Soviet Central Asia, and specifically Kazakhstan. This shift allows examination of similarities in students’ accrual of cultural capital between regions, but also highlights spatial specificity in these flows. Secondly, it moves beyond narrowly class-based approaches to spotlight the importance of gender, sexuality, and religion in geographies of cultural capital. Middle-class social reproduction helps drive international student mobility, but class is experienced diff erently by young men and women in the context of locally specific forms of heterosexuality which in this case study reflect the cultural importance of Islam. Class matters, but to fully understand its importance in student mobility we must trace its intersections with other axes of social difference.
Description: The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/a44655
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1068/a44655
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/13798
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/a44655
ISSN: 0308-518X
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