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Keepin' It RealSchool Success Beyond Black and White$
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Prudence L. Carter

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195168624

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168624.001.0001

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“Black” Cultural Capital and the Conflicts of Schooling

“Black” Cultural Capital and the Conflicts of Schooling

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(p.47) 2“Black” Cultural Capital and the Conflicts of Schooling
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Keepin' It Real
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Prudence L. Carter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168624.003.0017

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

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