A social network analysis of acting white: A case study of Somali immigrant working-class adolescents

Na'im H. MADYUN, Moo Sung LEE, Mustafa JUMALE

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Abstract

Using social network and interview data, this case study illuminates why acting White is not applied to a predominantly Somali African American school in the U.S. Specifically, this case study shows that high-achieving Somali working-class students were not isolated from their peer networks in their school. Furthermore, this study suggests that Acting White may be not applicable to schools where schools are structurally small-sized, culturally college-bound, and ethnically-homogenous.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Madyun, N. H., Lee, M., & Jumale, M. (2010, May). A social network analysis of acting white: A case study of Somali immigrant working-class adolescents. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association: Understanding Complex Ecologies in a Changing World, Denver, CO.