On Returning to Pakistan after Studying in the UK: The Life Stories of Three Teachers

On Returning to Pakistan after Studying in the UK: The Life Stories of Three Teachers

Ambreen Shahriar (University of Sindh, Pakistan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5990-2.ch007
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Abstract

This chapter is based on life-story interviews of three Pakistani teachers who came to the UK to pursue higher education (i.e. PhD). The chapter focuses on their lives in the UK and how this experience influenced their life, attitude, and behaviour after they went back home. Drawing on Bourdieu's notion of habitus as the analytic tool, the present study focuses on, firstly, the dilemma faced by these teachers in the UK due to the cultural and educational differences, and how each of them learned to cope with it. Secondly, the present study looks at the dilemma faced by these teachers upon their return home after acquiring education and spending five years of their life in the UK and how they continue to struggle to cope with it. The chapter aims to understand and highlight the identity crisis faced by the participants due to their experiences in two completely different cultures.

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