“Black” Cultural Capital and the Conflicts of Schooling

Prudence L. Carter

in Keepin' It Real

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780195168624
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943968 | DOI:

Series: Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities

“Black” Cultural Capital and the Conflicts of Schooling

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This chapter examines how and why race, ethnicity, and culture influence students' academic behaviors. It discuss Pierre Bourdieu's cultural capital theory, which explains how the cultural codes and symbols of high status or dominant social groups become integral in the practices and sensibilities of schools and other social organizations and consequently how these cultural practices yield advantages disproportionately to members of those particular groups. It describes how low-income African American and Latino students negotiate their usage of both dominant and non-dominant cultural capital.

Keywords: academic behaviors; race; ethnicity; culture; Pierre Bourdieu; cultural capital theory; social groups; cultural codes; African American students; Latino students

Chapter.  11706 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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