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The significance of faith for Black men's educational aspirations

Dumangane, Constantino ORCID: 2017. The significance of faith for Black men's educational aspirations. British Educational Research Journal 43 (5) , pp. 875-903. 10.1002/berj.3286

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It is uncontested that British African Caribbean men are minimally represented in elite UK higher education institutions. Even as data demonstrates that African-Caribbean males are more likely to study further education than white males1 and that the proportion of UK domiciled black students pursuing higher education has increased since the 2003/04 academic year (ECU, 2014), the representation of Black students throughout the Russell Group remains low2. Less than three per cent of the entire Russell Group’s student population comprised of British African Caribbean students in 2011/12 and 2012/2013 (ECU, 2013, p. 203; ECU, 2014, p. 358). However according to the 2011 Census, ‘Black’ people represent 5.5 per cent (3.1 million) of the total UK population (ONS, 2015). For the few Black men who are successful in attaining acceptance at these exclusive universities, what assets or capitals do these young men attribute to their ability to get to and successful graduate from these institutions? Interviews with fifteen Black male students who attended Russell Group universities in England and Wales were analysed and several ‘capitals’ or resources were identified as beneficial to their ability to succeed. Drawing on Bourdieu’s work on cultural and social capital, this paper advances the concept of ‘faith capital’ as a unique recognised asset that six of the participants described and reflected upon as being influential to their academic trajectories. Based on findings from the ESRC funded Research: ‘Exploring the narratives of the few: British African Caribbean Male graduates of elite Universities in England and Wales’, this paper discusses these six participants’ accounts of their higher education journeys in relation to how they identified faith as a resource that was influential to their academic success.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Faith capital; British African Caribbean men; aspiration; academic achievement
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0141-1926
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 February 2017
Date of Acceptance: 18 January 2017
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 22:53

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