Paradoxical inscriptions of global subjects: Critical discourse analysis of international schools’ websites in the Asia-Pacific Region

Laurence Tamatea, Peter Ninnes, Joy Hardy

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This paper presents an analysis of Asia–Pacific international school web pages, and explores the expressed purposes of schooling, with regard to the kinds of students/subjects that the schools purport to produce. Using the concept of globalization as a ‘master’ analytical frame, it is argued that despite claims to offering students unique experiences, international school web pages reproduce similar discourses in the construction of the student as an individual, member of a community and world‐changing global citizen. Importantly, it is argued that while such discourses are often contradictory, this is nowhere more exemplified than in the claims to produce global citizens.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-170
Number of pages15
JournalCritical Studies in Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


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