Internationalised School Teachers’ experiences of precarity as part of the global middle class in China: Towards resilience capital

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore three International School Teachers’ experiences as part of the Global Middle Class (GMC) in China. This group is worthy of study, as their numbers are increasingly growing, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. However, little has been written about the negative aspects of sustained global mobility or how individuals, as opposed to families, accrue and deploy cosmopolitan capital for social advantage. In-depth interviewing was employed in order to bring into focus the participants’ experiences of prolonged mobility. In addition to highlighting the precarious aspects of being part of the GMC, the study also identified and illustrated a new form of capital that emerged during data collection and analysis, which was labelled ‘resilience capital’. Resilience capital is produced when teachers take a more positive attitude towards negative or precarious experiences, utilising them in order to develop skills, dispositions and endurance which also can be converted into more traditional economic and cultural forms of capital. Copyright © 2019 De La Salle University.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-235
JournalThe Asia-Pacific Education Researcher
Volume29
Early online dateJul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

Citation

Poole, A. (2020). Internationalised School Teachers’ experiences of precarity as part of the global middle class in China: Towards resilience capital. The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 29, 227-235. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40299-019-00472-2

Keywords

  • Internationalised School Teachers
  • Internationalised/international schools in China
  • Global middle class
  • Resilience capital

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