ERIC Number: EJ971349
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
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Reference Count: 43
"My Parents Have Stressed that since I Was a Kid": Young Minority Ethnic British Citizens and the Phenomenon of Aspirational Capital
Basit, Tehmina N.
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, v7 n2 p129-143 Jul 2012
This article investigates retrospectively and prospectively the educational and career aspirations and experiences of young minority ethnic British citizens. It focuses on one aspect of a larger mixed methods study, that is, qualitative research involving in-depth interviews with a stratified sample of 20 young men and women of minority ethnic origins aged 14-24, and at different stages of education, employment and non-employment. It argues that social and cultural capitals play a significant role in enabling young minority ethnic citizens to succeed in education and careers and become valuable members of society. Furthermore, it introduces the notion of "aspirational capital" as a crucial extension of, or substitute for, cultural and social capitals, depending on the familial background of the young people, and contends that it is a strong motivating force in improving the life chances of young minority ethnic British citizens.
Descriptors: Employment, Educational Attainment, Parent Aspiration, Ethnic Groups, Minority Groups, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Social Capital, Cultural Capital, Role, Family Characteristics, Citizen Participation, Social Mobility
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom