ERIC Number: EJ1146024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Challenging Popularized Narratives of Immigrant Youth from West Africa: Examining Social Processes of Navigating Identities and Engaging Civically
Watson, Vaughn W. M.; Knight-Manuel, Michelle G.
Review of Research in Education, v41 n1 p279-310 Mar 2017
Given polarizing popular-media narratives of immigrant youth from West African countries, we construct an interdisciplinary framework engaging a Sankofan approach to analyze education research literature on social processes of navigating identities and engaging civically across immigrant youth's heritage practices and Indigenous knowledges. In examining social processes, we disrupt three areas of inequalities affecting educational experiences of immigrant youth: (a) homogenizing notions of a monolithic West Africa and immigrant youth's West African countries, (b) deficit understandings of identities and the heterogeneity of Black immigrant youth from West African countries living in the United States, and (c) singular views of youth's civic engagement. We provide implications for researchers, policymakers, and educators to better meet youth's teaching and learning needs.
Descriptors: Immigrants, Identification (Psychology), Cultural Influences, Indigenous Knowledge, Social Influences, Blacks, Citizen Participation, Foreign Countries, Citizenship, Literature Reviews, Ethnicity, Family Influence, African Culture, Context Effect, Language Usage, Literacy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Africa