Human Capital or Cultural Capital?: Ethnicity and Poverty Groups in an Urban School District

Paperback | December 31, 1996

byGeorge Farkas

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This study seeks to reorient our understanding of the early educational determinants of social stratification outcomes. It focuses on the process and consequences of unequal cognitive skill attainment for ethnic and poverty groups within our nation's cities. It draws, theoretically, on the notion that experiences at home and school create a feedback loop by which the "cultural capital" of the students (their toolkit of skills, habits, and styles with which they construct strategies of action) evolves over time and largely determines differential success in mastering the teacher-assigned homework.

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This study seeks to reorient our understanding of the early educational determinants of social stratification outcomes. It focuses on the process and consequences of unequal cognitive skill attainment for ethnic and poverty groups within our nation's cities. It draws, theoretically, on the notion that experiences at home and school cre...

George Farkas is professor of education at the University of California, Irvine. His writings have appeared in The American Sociological Review, The Journal of Youth and Adolescence, The Journal of Human Resources, The Journal of Labor Economics, Sociological Methods and Research, and Structural Equation Modeling. He is the author of...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 1 × 1 × 0.68 inPublished:December 31, 1996Publisher:Aldine Transaction

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ISBN - 10:0202305244

ISBN - 13:9780202305240

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