Transworlding: Navigating spaces and negotiating the self in online schooling

Jill Koyama

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Drawing on data from a 42-month ethnography of refugee networks in Arizona, I explore refugee youth forging hybrid identities and spaces in US educational contexts. Utilizing the notion of space-making (Das Gupta, 2006), I demonstrate how they simultaneously stream webcam video from a refugee camp or music from their home countries while completing lessons in an online credit recovery program or high school course. They engage in what I refer to as transworlding, or the practice of mediating emergent identities and navigating figured worlds (Holland; Lachicotte; Skinner; Cain, 1998) of refugee learning while challenging normative and marginalizing educational practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere99889
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalEducacao and Realidade
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2020


  • Figured Worlds
  • Online Credit Recovery
  • Refugees
  • Space-Making
  • Transworlding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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