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ERIC Number: EJ759299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1245
The Tenuous Role of Institutional Agents: Parent Liaisons as Cultural Brokers
Martinez-Cosio, Maria; Iannacone, Rosario Martinez
Education and Urban Society, v39 n3 p349-369 2007
This article reports on the contradictory role of parent involvement coordinators charged with increasing participation of low-income immigrant parents. This urban ethnographic study investigates the success of one program that engages Latino, Asian, and African American parents in the governance of their Southern California urban elementary school. It illustrates the dilemmas and tensions that arise as institutional agents serve as cultural brokers, as a bridge between the dominant culture and parents' diverse cultures while also serving as institutional agents. The authors use theories of social and cultural capital to examine the strategies used by a school-based cultural broker to provide bridging social capital to underserved agents seeking an equal role in policy making at their school. They provide examples of three tensions that block bridging social capital, including tension over resources, power sharing, and institutional decision making. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California