Hornidge, Anna-Katharina and Feuer, H N (2018) A SKAD ethnography of educational knowledge discourses. In: The Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse Investigating the Politics of Knowledge and Meaning-making.. , ed. by Keller, R, Hornidge, Anna-Katharina and Schünemann, W J. Routledge Advances in Sociology . Routledge, London, pp. 133-149. ISBN 978-1-138-04872-0

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Abstract

The triad of cooperation, international exchange and standard-setting among institutions of higher education has become a dominant framework for fostering transnational ties and spurring a knowledge society. The speed and surety with which this discursive constellation has formed in the previous two decades, however, is striking given the need to reconcile several contradictory and competing demands. In particular, the seemingly divergent trends of globalisation and integration are often used interchangeably, which suggests that a powerful discursive recombination is at play. In other related discursive fields, such as international diplomacy and development, the dispositifs surrounding improving and standardising the academic experience across countries are now bound up in the competitive arena of higher education cooperation. These domains are ripe for discourse analysis – not only to understand how seemingly incongruous ideas can be aligned, but to assess the longer-term policy impacts of such discursive reshaping. We take here as a case the mounting discursive and material battles over institutional hegemony in Southeast Asian higher education and discuss how the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse (SKAD) can help guide ethnographic research methods on a theoretical and practical level and become a heuristic tool in subsequent analysis. Specifically, we reflect on and widen the SKAD tradition of ethnographic methods for long-term empirical field research, while also bringing in an approach to using traditional discourse fragments and quantitative data (e.g. on capital investments, graduation rates, publications, and international agreements) for triangulation.

Document Type: Book chapter
Programme Area: UNSPECIFIED
Research affiliation: Affiliations > Not ZMT
Social Sciences > Development and Knowledge Sociology
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2019 14:09
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 12:59
URI: http://cris.leibniz-zmt.de/id/eprint/2223

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