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Title: Cultural identities of Japanese university administrators : a narrative inquiry
Author: Hashimoto, Natsuo
ISNI:       0000 0004 5919 7389
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2016
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The aim of this research is to use narrative inquiry to explore and to clarify the cultural identities of Japanese university administrators. Because I myself am a university administrator, uncovering others' identities has helped me to articulate my own. The dissertation is structured along the route of my own identity transformation, and in a sense represents an autoethnography of the process of uncovering my socially constructed identity. My fictional diaries, included in each chapter, and my growing awareness as developed through my interviews with others, are analysed as narratives. In Japan, it is said that the climate for higher education is becoming harsher, requiring the nation to develop highly competitive universities in order to survive global competition. Such stories are often constructed by the Japanese government which believes that the presence of world-class universities leads to the enhancement of national strength. In these circumstances, the voices of different and often marginalised perspectives are often ignored in mainstream discourse. As a result of Japan's declining economic status, the government has come to believe that its universities must be strengthened to empower the economy in global markets. It has attempted to force universities to conduct drastic reforms of their own governance based on national policies. In this context university administrators are often situated as instrumental in accelerating these reforms. However, the voices of administrators themselves, who are inclined to be found in minor and low-status positions, are seldom heard. In this dissertation, I attempt to uncover these voices by conducting a narrative inquiry into the identities of university administrators. Narratives gathered from a group of administrators are synthesised and complemented by my life history as discovered through autoethnography. In doing so I identify a cultural identity embedded in Japanese culture that influences how administrators construct their own professional identities.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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