Internationalising practices and representations of the ‘other’ in second-level elite schools in Ireland

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Abstract
While Irish elite schools have adopted some internationalising practices, international students are often erased from their ‘public faces’. Based on interviews and analysis of schools’ websites, this paper argues that Brooks and Waters’ [2014. “The Hidden Internationalism of Elite English Schools.” Sociology, advance online publication April 2] argument that elite schools hide their internationalism to preserve an explicit national identity for strategic purposes largely applies to the Irish case. In addition, it explores how features characteristic of Irish elite educational settings can help understand ambiguous attitudes to the international ‘other’, who is not only hidden but also at times ‘Irish-ised’ as these schools cultivate cultural identities defined primarily along ethno-national lines.

Abstract

While Irish elite schools have adopted some internationalising practices, international students are often erased from their ‘public faces’. Based on interviews and analysis of schools’ websites, this paper argues that Brooks and Waters’ [2014. “The Hidden Internationalism of Elite English Schools.” Sociology, advance online publication April 2] argument that elite schools hide their internationalism to preserve an explicit national identity for strategic purposes largely applies to the Irish case. In addition, it explores how features characteristic of Irish elite educational settings can help understand ambiguous attitudes to the international ‘other’, who is not only hidden but also at times ‘Irish-ised’ as these schools cultivate cultural identities defined primarily along ethno-national lines.

Source: Globalisation, Societies and Education, first published online 9 October 2015.

Author(s):Aline Courtois
Publisher:Taylor & Francis Online
Publication Date:09 Oct 2015
URL:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14767724.2015.1077100
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