Containing the Multitudes

Critical Reflections on the Concept of the “International Student” Through a Pluriversal Lens

Authors

  • CindyAnn Rose-Redwood University of Victoria
  • Reuben Rose-Redwood University of Victoria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v14i2.5534

Keywords:

boundary-making, categorization, international students, nation-state, pluriversal ontology, subject formation

Abstract

A growing body of scholarship has examined different aspects of the international student experience in higher education institutions, yet few studies have critically interrogated the very concept of the “international student” itself. In this article, we consider the different ways in which politico-legal practices of boundary-making have produced categorization schemes that demarcate the boundary between the national “Self” and the international “Other.” These legal categories of the “domestic” and “international” student serve as the discursive grid through which student populations are rendered legible by university administrators, student affairs practitioners, and scholars. We argue that the socio-cultural worlds of international students are not reducible to the homogenizing logics of politico-legal and institutional categorization, and that they should be reimagined through a pluriversal lens – where multiple worlds of difference can co-exist in spite of persistent efforts to contain the multitudes within the rigid, fixed, and mutually exclusive categories of the nation-state.

Author Biographies

CindyAnn Rose-Redwood, University of Victoria

CINDYANN ROSE-REDWOOD, PhD, is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria. Her research examines the social experiences of international students in higher education settings, the social geographies of immigrant communities in North American cities, and the Caribbean diaspora. She is the lead editor of the book, International Encounters: Higher Education and the International Student Experience (2019), and is currently co-editing a book entitled, International Student Activism and the Politics of Higher Education. Email: cindyann@uvic.ca

Reuben Rose-Redwood, University of Victoria

REUBEN ROSE-REDWOOD, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Associate Dean Academic in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Victoria. His research examines the cultural politics of place, the geographical dimensions of memory, and the spatialities of power. He is the editor of a number of books, which, among others, includes Performativity, Politics, and the Production of Social Space (2014) and International Encounters: Higher Education and the International Student Experience (2019). He is currently co-editing a book entitled, International Student Activism and the Politics of Higher Education. Email: redwood@uvic.ca

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2023-04-13

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Rose-Redwood, C., & Rose-Redwood, R. (2023). Containing the Multitudes: Critical Reflections on the Concept of the “International Student” Through a Pluriversal Lens. Journal of International Students, 13(4), 107–114. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v14i2.5534

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