Capital and Opportunity: A Critical Ethnography of Students At-risk

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University Press of America, 2003 - Education - 156 pages
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This book will contribute to the discussion of issues surrounding students who 'disengage' from public schools. The book describes a study that uses the theory of Pierre Bourdieu to investigate what types of economic, social, cultural, and symbolic capital influenced the individual academic achievement and personal life trajectories of two female high school students identified at-risk. The book discusses how the participants identified and used separate and distinct street and school 'selves' to maximize their capital in settings inside and outside the school, and how some school policies and practices placed the participants in a position of educational disadvantage.
 

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Contents

Studying Students AtRisk
1
Critical Theory and Critical Pedagogy
3
Capital Bourdieu and Critical Educational Research
11
Critical Methodology
25
Data and Description
49
Sara and Destiny
57
Economic Capital
65
Social Capital
77
Symbolic Capital
99
The Results the Researcher the Reflections
113
Implications and Recommendations
129
Activity Used in Discussion of Ideology and Discourse
139
Second Critical Dialogue Videorecording
141
Third Critical Dialogue Short Story
143
References
145
Subject Index
155

Cultural Capital
89

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About the author (2003)

Rebecca J. Pasco is Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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