Choosing International: A Case Study of Globally Mobile Parents

  • Georg Breidenstein
  • Martin Forsey
  • Fenna La Gro
  • Jens Oliver Krüger
  • Anna Roch


The chapter examines the practices of transnational parental school choice. Analysing an online discussion between global middle-class parents moving to Berlin, we make sense of a debate which highlights different understandings of what constitutes a good international school that centres around questions of becoming “locals” in a new city or seeking to stay globally mobile. We broaden Appadurai’s concept of scapes to grasp the ways in which mobile and local conditions and practices intertwine, creating a specific eduscape. Compared to the views of local parents in Berlin, we find that school choice and the notion of internationality are highly connected to a practice of social distinction among both globally mobile parents and Berlin locals.


School choice Berlin Global middle class Eduscape Mobility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georg Breidenstein
    • 1
  • Martin Forsey
    • 2
  • Fenna La Gro
    • 3
  • Jens Oliver Krüger
    • 3
  • Anna Roch
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für Schulpädagogik und GrundschuldidaktikMartin-Luther-Universität Halle-WittenbergHalleGermany
  2. 2.Department of Anthropology and SociologyUniversity of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  3. 3.Zentrum für Schul- und BildungsforschungMartin-Luther-Universität Halle-WittenbergHalleGermany

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