By Ba?ak Bilecen
Acquaintances play a vital position in overseas scholars' lives. This publication explores the features of the friendship networks of foreign doctoral scholars by means of analysing the relationships among those scholars and their buddies, either within the kingdom of schooling and throughout a number of nationwide borders.
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The Contemporary Meaning of Friendship 25 Friendship is a rather ambiguous and multidimensional concept. We all talk about friends, best friends, acquaintances and the like, which implies that we have a common understanding of what friendship is and that there are distinctions between various degrees of friendship. According to Spencer and Pahl (2006), friendships might range from very simple connections to highly complicated constellations. A friend may be considered the person we call when we have had an argument with our partners, the person we share childcare with or the person with whom we watch our favourite basketball team on television.
The four young men are holding smartphones and nobody is talking to anyone else. Suddenly, the young woman among them who is without a smartphone gets annoyed and wants to have a conversation like they used to do. ” This exchange signifies that perhaps some people find it easier to communicate online rather than engaging in a real-time conversation. Note also that it is the woman who makes this plea, which indicates how popular culture can foster gender constructions; however, this topic is beyond the scope of this book.
Some of these empirical studies have concentrated on “transnational communities” (Al-Ali and Koser 2002; Portes et al. 1999a; Saxenian 2002), “transnational families” (Baldassar and Merla 2014; Bryceson and Vuorela 2002) or “transnational ethnic networks” (Salaff et al. 2003). However, far less information is available regarding friendship relationships, especially those across borders. According to Levitt (2004), “a transnational lens is both a perspective and a variable” (p. 4). In other words, the term transnationalism is often used in the literature in two distinctive yet fundamentally interlinked modes.
International Student Mobility and Transnational Friendships by Ba?ak Bilecen