Deciphering Somali immigrant adolescents’ navigation and interpretation of resources embedded in social relationships

Moo Sung LEE, Na’im MADYUN

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Abstract

Through social relationships, social capital is accumulated. Growing evidence supports the presence of social capital influencing academic outcomes through structural opportunities. Unfortunately, little evidence can be found to explain how differences in social capital application toward academic outcomes can occur with seemingly similar individual with the same structural opportunities. This area of interest is particularly important for populations with limited or less visible opportunities. This study examined the social networks of Somali-American students to determine the factors that may lead to differential utilization of resources within similar social networks. A mixed-methods approach was employed in this study. Based on the findings, the authors argue for a broadening of the social capital in education discourse to include agency within structural opportunities. Copyright © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational handbook of migration, minorities and education: Understanding cultural and social differences in processes of learning
EditorsZvi BEKERMAN , Thomas GEISEN
Place of PublicationDordrecht, Netherlands
PublisherSpringer
Pages659-676
ISBN (Print)9789400714656, 9789400714663
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Citation

Lee, M. S., & Madyun, N. (2012). Deciphering Somali immigrant adolescents’ navigation and interpretation of resources embedded in social relationships. In Z. Bekerman & T. Geisen (Eds.), International handbook of migration, minorities and education: Understanding cultural and social differences in processes of learning (pp.659-676). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

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