Chapter 10: Global families in transnational education
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Academics and other educators have always travelled for work. However, in an era of increasing globalization, the image of the solitary academic traveller on a quest for self-actualization has become outdated, as more and more educators feel the necessity of moving their families abroad in a quest for stable employment. This chapter explores the challenges faced by families whose lives are affected by the globalization of education worldwide, while problematising the common assumptions that careers in education are boundaryless and family-friendly. By exploring the literature about the family lives of expatriate educators and tying that together with examples from fieldwork conducted at an international university in Vietnam, this chapter aims to provide a more nuanced view of the families inhabiting today’s transnational education environment.

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