Capital, agency, family and the diaspora: an exploration of boys’ aspirations towards higher education in urban Jamaica

Shawanda N Stockfelt

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Abstract

The paper discusses factors impacting on boys’ educational aspirations at two case-study schools in urban Jamaica. It focuses on boys’ experience of their educational environment in relation to social, cultural and economic factors, which shapes the nature of their aspirations towards higher education. The study utilised Bourdieu’s notion of ‘capital’ grounded in a critical realist meta-theoretical framework, the narratives of the participants and the researcher’s experiential understanding as a participant observer to explore boys’ aspirations over a 12-month period. The findings from the study suggested that boys’ educational aspirations are complex and affected by their level of capital in relation to persistent narratives from family and the Jamaican Diaspora within high-income countries like the UK, the USA and Canada.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-25
Number of pages21
JournalCompare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
Volume45
Issue number1
Early online date26 Jul 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • educational aspirations
  • capital
  • family
  • Jamaican Diaspora

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