Migrant peripheral participation in communities and networks of practices
The authors are both migrants to Australia and both are academics in business schools. Taking up Alvesson's (2003) arguments for "close up studies" of academic life, in this paper we wish to address the issue of migrant learning processes. We argue that being a migrant affords one the unusual opportunity of becoming a 'stranger in the midst' of a culture which must be learned if one is to become a competent member of it. We draw upon situated learning theory to make sense of our experiences and in writing this paper we aim to contribute something to community of practice theory based on our migrant experiences.
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