Latvian students abroad, evolving cultural capital and return intentions / Aija Lulle and Laura Buzinska
VerfasserLulle, Aija ; Buzinska, Laura
ErschienenBielefeld : Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development, 2016
Elektronische Ressource
Umfang1 Online-Ressource (25 Seiten)
Bibl. Referenzoai:gesis.izsoz.de:document/50709
SerieCOMCAD Working Papers ; no. 142
SchlagwörterLettland / Student / Tertiärbereich / Arbeitnehmer / Migration / Hochschulabschluss / Kulturelles Kapital
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Latvian students abroad, evolving cultural capital and return intentions [0.82 mb]

This paper visualises tertiary-level students who study abroad as simultaneously both international students and members of an emerging diaspora. Coming from a country (Latvia) which is small, peripheral and relatively poor by European standards, students go abroad for multiple reasons not necessarily directly connected with study (eg. family reasons, labour migration); yet their evolving diasporic status is instrumentalised by the Latvian government which wants them to return and contribute to the countrys development. Based on 27 in-depth interviews with Latvian students and graduates who have studied abroad, our analysis focuses on three interlinked dimensions of inequality: access to education at home and abroad; the varying prestige of higher education qualifications from different countries and universities; and the inequalities involved in getting recognition of the symbolic and cultural capital that derives from a non-Latvian university. Within a setting of neoliberal globalisation and conflicting messages from the homeland, students and graduates are faced with a challenging dilemma: how to balance their materialistic desire for a decent job and career with their patriotic duty to return to Latvia.

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