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Student Mobility and Transnational Social Ties as Factors of Reflexivity

by Tea Golob 1 and Matej Makarovič 1,2,*
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School of Advanced Social Studies in Nova Gorica, Institute for Social Transformations, Gregorčičeva 19, SI-5000 Nova Gorica, Slovenia
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Faculty of Information Studies, Ljubljanska 31a, SI-8000 Novo mesto, Slovenia
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Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(3), 46; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7030046
Received: 29 October 2017 / Revised: 12 March 2018 / Accepted: 13 March 2018 / Published: 16 March 2018
The article seeks to develop and apply new quantitative measurement instruments capable of significantly improving understanding of the relationship between the transnational mobility and transnational social ties of students, along with their reflexive capacities. With a focus on students building their personal networks, educational and professional activities that extend beyond the nation’s borders and organising their day-to-day routines in transnational social spaces, we analyse the role of mobility in their reflexive capacities. Applying a tool that is line with Archer’s theory and indicators to measure reflexivity, and transnational social ties as proposed by Molina et al., we analyse data collected via an on-line survey questionnaire administered to Slovenian students. In addition, students from the Middle East (Lebanon) and the USA (Hawai’i) are added for comparative purposes. The results of path analysis show the Slovenian students’ mobility as such implies higher scores for meta reflexivity, combined with lower scores for communicative and fractured reflexivity. Further, social transactions reaching beyond one’s physical localities in terms of transnational social ties implies they have higher levels of reflexivity in general. View Full-Text
Keywords: reflexivity; transnational personal ties; students; mobility reflexivity; transnational personal ties; students; mobility
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Golob, T.; Makarovič, M. Student Mobility and Transnational Social Ties as Factors of Reflexivity. Soc. Sci. 2018, 7, 46.

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