Brokers and Gatekeepers: How Can Youth Bridge Their Cultural Worlds?a
This chapter examines the third question of the book: how linkages work across the cultural worlds of adolescents’ families, peers, schools, and communities. When do cultural mismatches emerge across these worlds? When can youth navigate across their worlds while staying on the good path of life? Who serves as cultural brokers by helping youth link their worlds along their pathways or cultural gatekeepers by blocking these linkages? The chapter draws on findings from a research network including a broad array of cultural communities. Among the issues considered are: opening the academic pipeline across cultural communities, regions, and social class; aspirations and expectations for school, careers, and the “good path of life”, and bridging worlds of families, peers, schools, and communities. Taken together, these new findings challenge familiar assumptions about how linkages work across students’ cultural worlds.
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