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Transforming Study Abroad

A Handbook

Neriko Musha Doerr

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232 pages, 1 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-115-4 25% OFF! $120.00/£85.00 $90.00/£63.75 Hb Published (December 2018)

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“This is an important contribution to the literature of international education. It deconstructs unexamined orthodoxies and proposes alternative ways of thinking about study abroad that could enrich the theoretical basis for this form of education, and lead practitioners to review what and how they teach.” • Michael Woolf, CAPA, The Global Education Network

“A necessary text… [this book] could go far in changing some of the fundamental questions about designing or carrying out study away programs.” • John J. Bodinger de Uriarte, Susquehanna University


Written for study abroad practitioners, this book introduces theoretical understandings of key study abroad terms including “the global/national,” “culture,” “native speaker,” “immersion,” and “host society.” Building theories on these notions with perspectives from cultural anthropology, political science, educational studies, linguistics, and narrative studies, it suggests ways to incorporate them in study abroad practices. Through attention to daily activities via the concept of immersion, it reframes study abroad not as an encounter with cultural others but as an occasion to analyze constructions of “differences” in daily life, backgrounded by structural arrangements.

Neriko Musha Doerr is an Assistant Professor at Ramapo College. Her publications include The Meaningful Inconsistencies: Bicultural Nationhood, Free Market, and Schooling in Aotearoa/New Zealand (Berghahn, 2009), The Romance of Crossing Borders: Studying and Volunteering Abroad (Berghahn, 2017, with Hannah Taïeb).

Subject: General Anthropology Educational Studies General Mobility Studies



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Chapter 1. The Global and the National: Does the Global Need the National, and If It Does, What’s Wrong with That?
     Recommended Readings
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Chapter 2. Culture: Is It a Homogeneous, Static Unit of Difference?
     Recommended Readings
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     Activity: Study Abroad Checklist

Chapter 3. “Native Speakers”: Do They Really Exist, and Should Students Aim to Speak Like Them?
     Recommended Readings
     Sample Questions

Chapter 4. Immersion: Is It Really about “Living Like a Local”?
     Recommended Readings
     Activity: Daorba Yduts
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Chapter 5. Host Society and Host Family: Who Are They, and Who Shapes Their Lives?
     Recommended Readings
     Sample Questions

Chapter 6. Border Crossing: Do We Instead Construct Borders through Learning and Volunteering?
     Recommended Readings
     Sample Questions

Chapter 7. Self-Transformation: Do Assessing and Talking about Self-Transformation Involve Power Politics?
     Recommended Readings
     Sample Questions

Conclusion and Departure: New Frameworks for Study Abroad


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