Conscientious Academic Capitalism: Mexican Counternarratives to Anglo-American University Internationalization Practices
Conscientious Academic Capitalism
Higher Education in Mexico
International Higher Education
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AbstractInternationalization of higher education keeps moving closer to market-like practices that can enable a drift from the democratic mission of education. Most of the dominant practices of internationalization come from the Anglo-American world but their pervasiveness makes institutions in very different contexts adopt them under the illusion of being able to compete or emulate the so-called world-class institutions. However, through what I call a purposeful internationalization strategy, meaning an alignment between an institution’s internationalization strategy with its overall mission towards the common good, this multiple case study of two HEIs in Mexico shows the possibility for alternative futures in which HEIs can contest such a pervasive global imaginary. Based on a thorough review of literature, policies and practices, websites, and complemented with 19 interviews with administrators and academics, this dissertation show—although to different extents—the possibility of multiple approaches to a purposeful internationalization strategy. These counternarratives are not—and probably will never be—completely disenfranchised from the market, nor separated from private rationales such as profit-seeking and prestige. However, these cases represent a balance between public-purpose driven missions and market-like strategies used to fund and sustain institutions. This balanced approach of convergence between academic capitalism a the common-good is what I call a conscientious academic capitalism approach of internationalization. This approach urges institutions—as a first step—to acknowledge a possible drift between their espoused mission and their enacted strategies based on market-like behaviors, and then to realign their activities oriented towards the common good. It is an approach for HEIs to navigate an academic capitalistic world without jeopardizing their essence or abandoning their public-purpose mission.
Degree ProgramGraduate College