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'My parents have stressed that since I was a kid': Young minority ethnic British citizens and the phenomenon of aspirational capital

Basit, Tehmina N (2012) 'My parents have stressed that since I was a kid': Young minority ethnic British citizens and the phenomenon of aspirational capital. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 7 (2). pp. 129-143. ISSN 1746-1979

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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.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: X900 Others in Education
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Education and Law > Education
Depositing User: Tehmina BASIT
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2013 12:36
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2013 12:36
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1233

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