Economic, social and embodied cultural capital as shapers and predictors of boys’ educational aspirations

Shawanda N Stockfelt

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The paper presents the result of a quantitative survey as a part of a larger mixed-method study conducted across two case study schools in urban Jamaica. It focuses on Black Caribbean boys’ levels of educational aspirations in relation to their economic, social and embodied cultural capital. The study utilises Bourdieu’s notions of ‘capital’, reconceptualised to match the socio-cultural context of the research and set within a critical realist meta-theoretical framework. Logistic regression models, supported by participants’ narratives, show boys’ educational aspirations to be highly predictable by their level of capital - including dispositional beliefs held through influence of the maternal family both locally and in the Jamaican diaspora of the UK, USA and Canada.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-359
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Educational Research
Issue number4
Early online date15 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2016

Bibliographical note

Shawanda is a British Academy postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Multilevel Modelling in the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol. Her research focuses on issues relating to aspirations, achievement and ethnicity in education; both in the Caribbean and England.


  • Educational aspirations
  • Capital
  • Logistic regression
  • Critical realism
  • Jamaica


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