Pursuing and playing the academic game: A duoethnographic perspective on two early career academics’ publishing experiences in China

Adam POOLE, Wen XU

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Abstract

Whilst the impact of the ‘publish or perish’ adage has received considerable attention from academics in the West, it remains under-researched in non-Western contexts, such as China. We address this gap by examining our lived experiences of navigating Chinese academia and academic publishing in the form of a duoethnographic collaborative self-study. We utilise the concept of precarious privilege in order to tease out a third space between publish or perish. Accordingly, we identity three over-arching themes related to academic publishing in China, which coalesce around the notion of academia as a ‘game’ with hidden rules. These themes are pursuing, playing and paying. Through our dialogues, we highlight our precarious privilege as early-career academics in China, yet also draw attention to how the logics and rules of the academic ‘game’ provide us with the tools we need to survive and thrive within academia. Copyright © 2022 British Association for International and Comparative Education.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCompare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
Early online dateNov 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Nov 2022

Citation

Poole, A., & Xu, W. (2022). Pursuing and playing the academic game: A duoethnographic perspective on two early career academics’ publishing experiences in China. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2022.2149242

Keywords

  • Early-career academics
  • Academic publishing
  • Higher education
  • Duoethnography
  • China

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