Towards an ‘ordinary’ cosmopolitanism in everyday academic practice in higher education

Su, Feng and Wood, Margaret (2017) Towards an ‘ordinary’ cosmopolitanism in everyday academic practice in higher education. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 49 (1). pp. 22-36. ISSN Print ISSN: 0022-0620 Online ISSN: 1478-7431

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Abstract

In this article, we explore what cosmopolitanism looks like in particular institutional contexts in higher education and the sorts of conditions and pedagogic practices which nurture and sustain this within the overall running and administration of the institution. Cosmopolitanism is sometimes popularly assumed to refer to the global and the culturally diverse, rather as if encounters with different cultures and ethnicities from different geographical locations could add up to a cosmopolitan perspective. Our view of cosmopolitanism and our concern start from local and everyday occurrences or ‘ordinary cosmopolitanism’ in the context of higher education. We develop an understanding of cosmopolitanism as embedded practice in the particularities of local institutional contexts and administration and what cosmopolitanism means in the ‘local’. Small illustrative sketches are drawn on to exemplify aspects of ‘ordinary cosmopolitanism’ – what it is, why it is important and its enactment in everyday academic practice in higher education.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article submitted for consideration in Journal of Educational Administration and History [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Journal of Educational Administration and History is available online at "http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00220620.2017.1252734."
Keywords: ordinary cosmopolitanism, academic practice, higher education
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: FRANK SU
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2016 09:50
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 15:11
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1745

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