Educational consultants in Nepal: professionalization of services for students who want to study abroad

Thieme, Susan (2017). Educational consultants in Nepal: professionalization of services for students who want to study abroad. Mobilities, 12(2), pp. 243-258. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group 10.1080/17450101.2017.1292780

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International student mobility increasingly constitutes a desirable livelihood strategy specifically for middle-class youth and their families in Nepal. Applying the notion of migration infrastructure hints at the fact that it is not just students who migrate, but constellations consisting of actors, regulations and technologies. Brokers, known as ‘educational consultants’, are actively mediating this process. Findings challenge the ambivalent image of the broker. Rather profit and social orientation often intersect in work routines. Negative cases initiated the foundation of a business association. The analysis of the operation of this association serves as example how educational agents work to professionalize their business and respond to their ambivalent reputation. They actively shape their role in the migration infrastructure to make their services irreplaceable so that they can remain in the market.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development

UniBE Contributor:

Thieme, Susan

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

1745-0101

Publisher:

Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

Language:

English

Submitter:

Florian Dolder

Date Deposited:

16 Oct 2018 08:21

Last Modified:

16 Oct 2018 08:21

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/17450101.2017.1292780

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.119288

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/119288

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