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ERIC Number: EJ935133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 44
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 100
ISSN: ISSN-0044-118X
A Social Capital Framework for the Study of Institutional Agents and Their Role in the Empowerment of Low-Status Students and Youth
Stanton-Salazar, Ricardo D.
Youth & Society, v43 n3 p1066-1109 Sep 2011
This article builds on a sociological account of working-class minority youth development and differential access to social capital--defined in terms of key resources and support provided by institutional agents (Stanton-Salazar, 1997, 2001, 2004). The article elaborates on the concept of "institutional agents"--specifically, high-status, non-kin, agents who occupy relatively high positions in the multiple dimensional stratification system, and who are well positioned to provide key forms of social and institutional support. The article focuses on the kinds of institutional support such agents are able to provide, and on the multiple and simultaneous [help-giving] roles assumed by those who provide this support. Drawing from empowerment theory in critical social work, the article provides a discussion about manifesting one's capacity as an institutional agent in ways that not only entails providing key resources, but also that enables the authentic "empowerment" of the student or young person. Influenced by Freirean philosophy, the article makes a critical distinction between "widening the pipeline" and "changing the world." Also new to this body of work is how access to resources and institutional support--among low-status students and youth--is significantly dependent upon the network characteristics, network-related capacities and skills, and networking orientations of those institutional agents devoted to supporting and empowering low-status youth. (Contains 1 table and 2 notes.)
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Language: English
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