Negotiating the ‘Ghanaian’ way of schooling: transnational mobility and the educational strategies of British-Ghanaian families

Abotsi, Emma. 2020. Negotiating the ‘Ghanaian’ way of schooling: transnational mobility and the educational strategies of British-Ghanaian families. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 18(3), pp. 250-263. ISSN 1476-7724 [Article]

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While scholars are increasingly interested in migrants in the Global North educating their children in their homelands, ethnographic studies of how ideas about being educated are shaped, and young people’s accounts of these transnational educational practices, remain under-researched. This paper attends to these gaps by drawing on the ethnographic cases of four London-based, British-Ghanaian youth in boarding schools in southern Ghana. Using the concept of the educated person, it shows how young people shape their own schooling experiences, and those of their Ghanaian peers, just as the practices at the schools shape them, thereby expanding local understandings of being educated.

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"This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Globalisation, Societies and Education on 13 December 2019, available at: It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited."

Funding: This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Centre, University of Oxford, UK (grant number ES/J500112/1).


West Africa; Ghana; education; transnational migration; children and youth

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30 November 2019Accepted
13 December 2019Published Online

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