ABSTRACT. The international education has developed greatly in Chinese higher education. This study aimed to explore international students’ daily self-presentation in a cased university in China with qualitative research methods from the perspective of sociological institutionalism. Based on the qualitative data analysis, it was found that the patterns of self-presentation by the targeted international students were embodied in the five roles that they played in the daily life. Their self-presentations were resulted from the interactions with people and institutions in which the action logic between institutions and meaning-making is the mechanism in the behind. Beyond the combination of external and internal forces, team collusion and institutionalization maintain the social interaction orders. pp. 104–119

Keywords: international students; self-presentation; sociological institutionalism; action logic; cross-culture


Bin Zhao
Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
Zhiyong Zhu
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Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
(corresponding author)

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