ERIC Number: EJ1103076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Community Cultural Wealth: Uyghurs, Social Networks, and Education
Clothey, Rebecca A.
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, v10 n3 p127-140 2016
This article employs Yosso's framework of "community cultural wealth" to explore the ways in which educated Uyghurs, one of China's 56 officially recognized ethnic groups, build on social networks like family and friends to improve their own social standing and contribute to the benefit of their communities. Through Yosso's lens, ethnic minorities have their own cultural capital, which is distinct from the dominant group, and which can also be maximized to garner a successful status within society. This study undertook to discover: (a) In what ways do Uyghurs draw from their own community resources to navigate within a Mandarin Chinese-dominant education and economic system? (b) In what ways do Uyghurs support others within their own community for success? The article is based on ethnographic fieldwork collected within Xinjiang during the fall of 2013, interviews conducted with educated Uyghurs in Xinjiang and eastern China during multiple visits between the years of 2010-2013, and an analysis of interactive Uyghur language websites during the Spring of 2014.
Descriptors: Social Networks, Community Resources, Community Study, Cultural Background, Cultural Capital, Social Support Groups, Ethnography, Qualitative Research, College Students, Indigenous Populations, Semi Structured Interviews, Resistance (Psychology), Minority Group Influences, Foreign Countries, Academic Aspiration
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: China
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