Planning mobile futures: the border artistry of International Baccalaureate Diploma choosers

Doherty, C. , Mu, L. and Shield, P. (2009) Planning mobile futures: the border artistry of International Baccalaureate Diploma choosers. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 30(6), pp. 757-771. (doi: 10.1080/01425690903235292)

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This paper reports on a study of students choosing the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma over state‐based curricula in Australian schools. The IB Diploma was initially designed as a matriculation certificate to facilitate international mobility. While first envisaged as a lifestyle agenda for cultural elites, such mobility is now widespread with more people living ‘beyond the nation’ through choice or circumstance. Beck and others highlight how the capacity to cross national borders offers a competitive edge with which to strategically pursue economic and cultural capital. Beck’s ‘border artistes’ are those who use national borders to their individual advantage through reflexive strategy. The study explored the rationales and strategy behind the choice of the IB Diploma curriculum expressed by students in a focus group interview and an online survey. This paper reports on their imagined transnational routes and mobile orientations, and how a localised curriculum limits their imagined mobile futures.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Doherty, Prof Catherine
Authors: Doherty, C., Mu, L., and Shield, P.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:British Journal of Sociology of Education
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1465-3346
Published Online:20 October 2009

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