What's in a name? A theoretical exploration of the proliferation of labels for international education across the higher education sector

Whitsed, Craig and Green, Wendy (2013) What's in a name? A theoretical exploration of the proliferation of labels for international education across the higher education sector. Journal of Studies in International Education, OnlineFirst 2: 1-15. doi:10.1177/1028315313491117

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Author Whitsed, Craig
Green, Wendy
Title What's in a name? A theoretical exploration of the proliferation of labels for international education across the higher education sector
Journal name Journal of Studies in International Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1028-3153
1552-7808
Publication date 2013-06-14
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1028315313491117
Volume OnlineFirst
Issue 2
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Across the higher education sector international education has been described as experiencing a “crisis of identity.” The recent proliferation of new terms advanced to label “internationalization,” it has been suggested, represents little more than “tautology.” Here, we address questions posed by de Wit regarding this phenomenon: “Why is it new labels are emerging?” “What do they mean?” “How are they used?” And, “will they advance the debate on the future of internationalisation?” We argue the phenomenon of renaming highlights a deep unease among scholars and points to the need for further theoretical consideration of the subject/agent nexus in the context of internationalization. First, with Strauss (1997), we argue the renaming phenomenon reveals more about those attributing the labels than that which they name. Second, drawing on positioning theory we argue renaming “internationalization” can be equated to reflexive positioning in the context of uneven distributions of power across contested storylines. As such, current efforts to rename “internationalization” are not necessarily tautological; rather, they could be integral to systematic changes in understandings, activities, dispositions, and rationales across the higher education sector.
Keyword Internationalisation
Naming
Positioning theory
Higher education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print June 14, 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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