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The transnational track: State sponsorship and Singapore’s Oxbridge elite
Stockholms Universitet, Stockholm, Sweden. (Department of Sociology)
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
2015 (English)In: British Journal of Sociology of Education, ISSN 0142-5692, E-ISSN 1465-3346, Vol. 36, no 1, 11-33 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the process of transnational institutional matching between elite institutions in Singapore and Great Britain, and the role of state-sponsored scholarships in enabling this process as political and administrative elites are selected and groomed. Using data gathered from in-depth interviews conducted with Singaporean undergraduates study- ing at Oxbridge and a dataset of the institutional origins of 580 Singap- orean government scholars, the analysis illustrates how students are being matched from two Singaporean junior colleges to Oxbridge and back to the higher strata of the Singaporean Public Service. We show that the educational trajectories of these government scholars need to be addressed in relation to the informational capital acquired in specific elite schools as well as the governing roles these individuals are meant to obtain within the state upon graduation.

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Taylor & Francis, 2015. Vol. 36, no 1, 11-33 p.
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elite schools, Singapore, Bourdieu, Oxbridge, scholarships, internationalization, transnational education, institutional matching, sponsored mobility, student mobility, governmentality
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Sociology Educational Sciences Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-112794DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2014.967837ISI: 000346243500002OAI: diva2:772268
Available from: 2014-12-16 Created: 2014-12-16 Last updated: 2015-01-14Bibliographically approved

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