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Article: School Contexts and 'Acting White' - Peer Networks of Somali Immigrant Youths in an Afrocentric Charter School

TitleSchool Contexts and 'Acting White' - Peer Networks of Somali Immigrant Youths in an Afrocentric Charter School
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Issue Date2014
PublisherThe University of Chicago Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/journals/journal/schools.html
Citation
Schools: Studies in Education, 2014, v. 11 n. 1, p. 122-155 How to Cite?
AbstractWe examine whether the “acting white” labeling practice and subsequent peer isolation exist (or do not exist) within Somali immigrant adolescents, one of the most underresearched black immigrant student groups, and what school contexts are associated with their presence (or absence). Using a case study, we found that high-achieving Somali immigrant students in an urban Afrocentric charter school in the United States were not isolated from their peers. Rather, they tended to have a relatively large-sized social network and also seemed to enjoy relative popularity in their peer networks. Additionally, they tended to be gregarious with other high-achievers. Importantly, certain school contexts facilitated the nonexistence of an “acting white” labeling practice and a peer isolation culture in the school. Specifically, the “acting white” phenomenon may not be applicable to a small and racially/ethnically homogenous school where an academically-oriented and college-bound culture is shared by students.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/216543
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dc.contributor.authorLee, M-
dc.contributor.authorMadyun, N-
dc.contributor.authorLam, BOY-
dc.contributor.authorJumale, M-
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-18T05:31:05Z-
dc.date.available2015-09-18T05:31:05Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationSchools: Studies in Education, 2014, v. 11 n. 1, p. 122-155-
dc.identifier.issn1550-1175-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/216543-
dc.description.abstractWe examine whether the “acting white” labeling practice and subsequent peer isolation exist (or do not exist) within Somali immigrant adolescents, one of the most underresearched black immigrant student groups, and what school contexts are associated with their presence (or absence). Using a case study, we found that high-achieving Somali immigrant students in an urban Afrocentric charter school in the United States were not isolated from their peers. Rather, they tended to have a relatively large-sized social network and also seemed to enjoy relative popularity in their peer networks. Additionally, they tended to be gregarious with other high-achievers. Importantly, certain school contexts facilitated the nonexistence of an “acting white” labeling practice and a peer isolation culture in the school. Specifically, the “acting white” phenomenon may not be applicable to a small and racially/ethnically homogenous school where an academically-oriented and college-bound culture is shared by students.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Chicago Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/journals/journal/schools.html-
dc.relation.ispartofSchools: Studies in Education-
dc.rightsSchools: Studies in Education. Copyright © The University of Chicago Press.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleSchool Contexts and 'Acting White' - Peer Networks of Somali Immigrant Youths in an Afrocentric Charter School-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLam, BOY: beaoylam@hku.hk-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1086/675752-
dc.identifier.hkuros250832-
dc.identifier.volume11-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage122-
dc.identifier.epage155-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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