Tomoko Kojima

(Un-)Möglichkeit der Überwindung nationaler Grenzen – am Beispiel einer Vergleichsstudie zu internationalen Privatschulen zweier global cities in Deutschland und Japan


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In international comparative studies national boundaries are usually utilized to clearly define research objects, to structure research programs and to evaluate research material. While national boundaries might influence methodological areas (orientation), they can also become relevant as a form of differentiation between research objects (positioning). The paper describes two different ways in which a nationally connotated attitude in the research process can be overcome. The first way will be illustrated by using the respective terms of ‘international schools’, ‘global city’ and the concept of ‘governance’, which have been discussed in a comparative study led by the author of this paper. The second way of crossing national boundaries reveals itself in the same project in using a reflective process in consideration of the researcher’s specific hybrid positioning (Japanese/German) and discussing the concept of self and other (insider and outsider).