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The Next GenerationImmigrant Youth in a Comparative Perspective$
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Richard Alba and Mary C. Waters

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814707425

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814707425.001.0001

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Capitals, Ethnic Identity, and Educational Qualifications

Capitals, Ethnic Identity, and Educational Qualifications

(p.185) 9 Capitals, Ethnic Identity, and Educational Qualifications
The Next Generation

Tariq Modood

NYU Press

This chapter examines an unusual case: the overrepresentation of ethnic minorities in British higher education. Ethnic minorities—many of whom belong to the second generation—attend universities at higher rates, sometimes much higher rates, than do native whites. This surprising advantage cannot be accounted for by social class, although there are some class influences, but rather, by the strong ambitions that parents hold for their children and the robust ties between parents and children within communities that reinforce these ambitions. In addition, the chapter returns to the notions of ethnic social capital in order to explain the remarkable intergenerational education mobility of many groups in Britain. Finally, the chapter ends on a hopeful note about the possibility of an inclusive Britain, which provides the opportunity for recent nonwhite immigrants and their descendants to develop a strong sense of belonging in Britain without having to disavow their ethnic identities.

Keywords:   ethnic minorities, British higher education, ethnic social capital, education mobility, Britain, second generation, nonwhite immigrants

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