Academic mobility, transnational identity capital, and stratification under conditions of academic capitalism

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Kim, T. 2017. Academic mobility, transnational identity capital, and stratification under conditions of academic capitalism. Higher Education. 73 (6), pp. 981-997.
AuthorsKim, T.
Abstract

Academic mobility has existed since ancient times. Recently, however, academic mobility—the crossing of international borders by academics who then work ‘overseas’—has increased. Academics and the careers of academics have been affected by governments and institutions that have an interest in coordinating and accelerating knowledge production. This article reflects on the relations between academic mobility and knowledge and identity capital and their mutual entanglement as academics move, internationally. It argues that the contemporary movement of academics takes place within old hierarchies among nation states, but such old hierarchies intersect with new academic stratifications which will be described and analysed. These analytical themes in the article are supplemented by excerpts from interviews of mobile academics in the UK, USA, New Zealand, Korea and Hong Kong as selected examples of different locales of academic capitalism.

KeywordsAcademic mobility; Academic capitalism; Knowledge economy; Otherness; Stranger; Transnational identity capital
JournalHigher Education
Journal citation73 (6), pp. 981-997
ISSN0018-1560
1573-174X
Year2017
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Accepted author manuscript
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1007/s10734-017-0118-0
Publication dates
Print08 Feb 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited14 Feb 2017
Accepted23 Jan 2016
Copyright informationThe final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10734-017-0118-0
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