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A Failure of Communication on the Cross-Cultural Campus.

Brown, L., 2009. A Failure of Communication on the Cross-Cultural Campus. Journal of Studies in International Education, 13 (4), 439-454.

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DOI: 10.1177/1028315309331913


This paper reports findings from an ethnographic study into the adjustment experience of a group of postgraduate international students at a university in the South of England. Friendship emerged as a major theme in this study; of particular importance to students was the desire and failure to achieve contact with host nationals. An absence of host contact was a source of deep disillusionment for students who understood the positive impact of host friends on linguistic and cultural knowledge. A lack of host contact was attributed by students to indifference on the part of the host community, and in the extreme to racial and Islamophobic prejudice. Such suspicion was provoked by students’ encounter with verbal and physical abuse, which also served to entrench the move to form monoethnic friendship groups. Research into the host perspective of international education is called for in order to inform the internationalisation strategies adopted by HEI.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:friendship • host contact • language and culture learning • disappointment • indifference • bigotry
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:12872
Deposited By: Lorraine Brown
Deposited On:02 Feb 2010 20:21
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:28


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