Academic mobility, language, and cultural capital: the experience of transnational academics in British higher education institutions

Pherali, T. J. (2011). "Academic mobility, language, and cultural capital: the experience of transnational academics in British higher education institutions." Journal of Studies in International Education 16(4): 313-333.

This article is concerned with the experiences of transnational academics teaching and researching in British higher education institutions (HEI). Although there is a plethora of studies related to the issues of international students and Western academics teaching abroad, very little has been written about the recent global phenomenon in which academics from non-English-speaking backgrounds move to English universities. This under-researched area is explored drawing on an in-depth study considering the cases of seven international academics in five different universities. The study identifies a range of their distinctive experiences which constitutes an exigent “field” in their struggle to adapt to the new cultural setting. The “logistic challenges” may exist but are transitory. Although providing an opportunity for professional development is helpful, ?the offer of support? is a sensitive notion and may be perceived as a threat to both their status and identity.

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