Minding the Gap: Race, Ethnicity, Achievement, and Cultural Meaning
This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume, which is about the influence of race, ethnicity, and culture on the success of low-income African American and Latino students in school. It focuses on the experiences of groups of low-income African American and Latino male and female youths living in particular families and attending specific schools in Yonkers, New York. It examines the social tension between students' educational and career aspirations and their confrontations with a hierarchy of cultural meanings within schools. It analyzes how these minority students deploy culture to gain status, a complex story that is better understood as a continuum of cultural attachments rather than a reflection of their educational values.
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