Under construction : education markets

Komljenovic, Janja (2016) Under construction : education markets. In: Comparative and International Education Society – CIES, 2016, 2016-03-06 - 2016-03-10.

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This paper draws from a larger research project on marketization and market-making in the nascent higher education sector. It brings together insights from several cases and theorises mechanisms at play. The first case is that of a British university which reveals a range of growing market exchanges the university is part of either as a seller or as a buyer. Taken together, these market–making processes are recalibrating and remaking the structures, social relations and subjectivities, within and beyond the university and in turn reconstituting the university and the higher education sector. The second case is that of a private company called ICEF that acts as a broker of student recruitment agents. In an attempt to construct its own global market that profits from organising encounters between education institutions and recruitment agents, it is part of ordering global markets of internationally mobile students and instituting markets of recruitment agents. The third case is that of NAFSA annual conference and expo, which reveals on the one hand the role of large events in structuring global markets, and on the other how emotions, desires and social processes are part of market-making. Mechanisms that are found in these cases together illuminate the spatial, temporal and social dynamics at play in the processes of global education ‘market-making’.

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