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‘Homes’ and being ‘at home’ in New Zealand: women's place-making in internationalised higher education

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Research on students' experiences in internationalised higher education largely assumes students' autonomy and privileges their public selves. New Zealand research is no exception. Little attention has been paid to students' lives beyond classroom contexts; how national policy and institutional practices shape students' everyday experiences and ‘home’ lives similarly and differently. In addition, gender is afforded scant attention or considered only as a secondary concern, and people whose partners or family members are international students are invisible. This article endeavours to address the relative inattention to gender in international education research and the invisibility of women whose partners are international students. It draws on data from interviews with 17 women involved in a broader doctoral research project during 2005 and 2006. The women were either migrant or international students or had partners enrolled as international students. The article uses ‘home’ as a lens for examining women's situated and transnational place-making and factors that promoted or precluded a sense of belonging in New Zealand. It draws connections between women's accounts of ‘home’ and feeling ‘at home’, and broader politics, policies and institutional practices in New Zealand higher education.
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Keywords: New Zealand; Nueva Zelanda; creación de lugar; educación superior; higher education; hogar; home; internacionalización; internationalisation; mujeres; place-making; women

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago, P.O. Box 647, DunedinOtago,9054, New Zealand

Publication date: June 1, 2012

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