Returning through Front or Back Door

Legibility Sorter for Overseas Ph.D. Holders in Kazakhstan

Authors

  • Aliya Kuzhabekova University of Calgary

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v14i3.5932

Keywords:

research capacity, returning scholars, readjustment, study abroad, legibility

Abstract

The article reports the results of an interview-based study exploring how internationally educated Ph.D. degree holders re-integrate into research environment in Kazakhstan and how the process of reintegration varies depending on the country of study. We found that returnees from non-Western countries experience greater challenges than returnees from the Western contexts. Applying the concept of “legibility” we reveal that the variation in the experiences is the result of operation of a legibility sorting mechanism used by the state in valuation of the quality of doctoral education of two formerly colonial academic systems – the post-Soviet and the Western one, which compete as they exert neo-colonial claims on the academic system in Kazakhstan. The state uses foreign degree recognition mechanism as a heterogeneity producing system signalling the stakeholders the desired perception of the value of the different degrees. The differentiation in the experiences results from the sorting.

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Published

2024-04-21

How to Cite

Kuzhabekova, A. (2024). Returning through Front or Back Door: Legibility Sorter for Overseas Ph.D. Holders in Kazakhstan. Journal of International Students, 14(3), 232–253. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v14i3.5932

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