Post-reciprocity: In Defense of the ‘Post’ Perspective


  • Martha Johnson



Post colonial, Study abroad, Education abroad, Postmodernism, Privilege


This article presents an argument about the facilitation of education abroad through a lens of post-reciprocity in the context of Western colonial history and the behaviors of the colonial traveler. The author not only argues that the student’s place in the home culture will also impact their perspective and vary greatly depending on their own identity, but the influence of this established lens and identity is fully formed and their role as traveler established but also argues that is important to consider that by the time a student goes abroad to any destination, they have internalized numerous stories of privileged heroes and adventurers.



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Author Biography

Martha Johnson

Martha Johnson is Director of the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota. She has worked in education abroad since 1991, including on-site in Ireland, four years based in England, and institutional relations management for several program providers. Martha has been at the University of Minnesota since 2001. She holds a B. A. from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota with a double major in Literature and Theatre Arts and a M. A. in Literature from the University of St Thomas with an emphasis in multicultural and travel literature, and post-colonial theory.


Bhabha, Homi. The Location of Culture. New York: Routledge, 1994.

Kincaid, Jamaica. A Small Place. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1988.

Pratt, Mary Louis. 1992. Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation. London: Routledge.




How to Cite

Johnson, M. (2009). Post-reciprocity: In Defense of the ‘Post’ Perspective. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 18(1), 181–186.



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