Transnational journeys: changing identities, perceptions and experiences of Malaysian doctoral students studying in the UK

Anuar, Nuramira Binti (2019) Transnational journeys: changing identities, perceptions and experiences of Malaysian doctoral students studying in the UK. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The main questions that the present study seeks to answer are why and how do Malaysian international doctoral students experience their living and learning experiences in the UK, particularly in Scotland, United Kingdom. The study explores participants’ motivations, experiences and future trajectories through Bourdieuian social theory and through the lens of transnational theory. An interpretative, multiple qualitative methodology was used, including semi-structured interviews, email interviews, and online narratives, to explore the participants’ experiences as sojourners.

The study found that Malaysian doctoral students pursued their study abroad for the purpose of acquiring a wide range of formal and informal knowledge, as well as for the benefits of self and others. The participants’ microlevel experiences suggest that their ‘habitus’ are fluid, and they are constantly renegotiating their knowledge, perceptions and identities. They also portrayed reflexivity in negotiating their perceptions and experiences by drawing upon previous and present knowledge from both their home and host countries when abroad. It was also found that the participants’ future career pathways and mobility imaginings are influenced relationally by not only family and employment obligations but, also, present experiences as globalized transnational individuals, and also changing mobility imaginings that are bounded by ‘assemblages of powers’ (Robertson, 2013) of both their home and host countries. Finally, the findings suggest a range of intersectional nuances of experience in relation to social identity dimensions such as gender, ethnicity and religion.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Higher education, student experience, transnationalism.
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Supervisor's Name: Read, Dr. Barbara and Smith, Prof. Jennifer
Date of Award: 2019
Depositing User: Nuramira Anuar
Unique ID: glathesis:2019-75182
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2019 08:39
Last Modified: 23 May 2022 10:05
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.75182

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