This study focuses on how Jordanian Ph.D. students construct their social identity in their academic community (ID-AC) in the context of Malaysian higher education. This study explores whether the social background of students and active social participation in their academic community can facilitate the construction of their identity as academic writers. The ID-AC of three Jordanian Ph.D. students at Malaysian universities were investigated through a qualitative case study through semi-structured interviews, stimulated recalls, the students’ academic writing drafts and their diaries of daily interaction. The study showed that Jordanian students’ interactions in their academic community are influenced by their wish to succeed, desire for mutual identification and to display knowledge, their cultural attitudes, their sense of foreignness/alienation, language difficulty, and future ambitions. The study concludes that the Jordanian PhD Students' social background identities shape their academic writer identities.
Keywords: Social identity, academic community, Jordan.
Cite as: Al Mahes, A. E. S. A., Rashid, R. A. & Al-Smadi, O. A. (2020). Jordanian Students’ Social Identities in Academic Community in Malaysia. Journal of Qualitative Social Sciences, 2(2), 1-9