Social structures in the economics of international education: perspectives from Vietnamese international tertiary students

Lien Pham*

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    Abstract

    Drawing on the findings from in-depth interviews with Vietnamese international students studying at Australian universities, this article presents insights into the sociological influences that stem from international students' social networks, at home and abroad, and how they impact on students' aspirations and engagement in international education. Underpinned by Bourdieu's social capital framework, this article critically challenges human capital ideology for its assumptions of individualism and utilitarian function of education as economic goals. The implication for international education providers is to create learning and living opportunities that consider students' social and cultural conditions so as to develop their capacity, self-determination and citizenship.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)39-60
    Number of pages22
    JournalGlobalisation, Societies and Education
    Volume11
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

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