Third culture kids negotiating identities in an international school in Thailand

Collette, Farrah Chantal (2019) Third culture kids negotiating identities in an international school in Thailand. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The following Master's thesis discusses research on cultural identity negotiation of Third Culture Kids (TCKs) attending an international school in Bangkok, Thailand. Postcolonial theory, primarily Said’s (1978; 1994) theory of Orientalism, and Bourdieu’s (1993; 2003) theories of symbolic capital, symbolic power, and fields of cultural production are central to this study. The ethnographic approach of this research focuses on eight TCK participants, who have at least one non-Western primary culture of home, and who negotiate dominant local and globalized cultures of the school into their identity. Highlights on primary and secondary cultural identities, and the varying symbolic capital that discourses of different cultures offer are provided through the focus on the relationship between marginalized and hegemonic cultures present in the international school setting. The research aims to further an understanding of more socially just cultural and educational frames of curricular education in international schools.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 14078
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-347).
Keywords: Third Culture Kids (TCKs), Cultural Identity Negotiation, Orientalism, Symbolic Capital, Symbolic Power, Western Cultural Hegemony
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: June 2019
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Third-culture children; International schools--Sociological aspects.

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