ERIC Number: EJ1071201
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Superstar or Scholar? African American Male Youths' Perceptions of Opportunity in a Time of Change
Conchas, Gilberto Q.; Lin, Alex R.; Oseguera, Leticia; Drake, Sean J.
Urban Education, v50 n6 p660-688 Sep 2015
Through a Multiple Marginality Framework, this exploratory case study highlights how African American male youth in an urban high school setting perceive the opportunity structure during the historic election of the first African American President. Youth optimism generated by Obama's election gives students a sense of hope despite the persistent inequality they face in inner-city communities and schools. Findings suggest that the pervasive influence of both structural and cultural factors--such as poverty, racial ideology, racial tracking in schools, and street socialization--help explain students' aspirations and constrained expectations to pursue professional athletics. The implications of this study call for a reemphasis on the relevancy of school and community factors and influences in improving the perceptions of opportunity for African American males.
Descriptors: Males, African Americans, Cultural Influences, Poverty, Racial Attitudes, Track System (Education), Case Studies, Guidelines, Urban Schools, High School Students, Student Attitudes, Presidents, African American Students, Socialization, Athletics, Academic Aspiration, Occupational Aspiration, Community Role, School Role, Social Differences, Semi Structured Interviews, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Qualitative Research, Profiles, Sociocultural Patterns
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California