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School success of Moroccan youth in Barcelona: theoretical insights for practical questions

Éxito escolar y jóvenes de origen marroquí en Barcelona: apuestas teóricas para cuestiones prácticas
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Herrera, Diego

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Abstract This article addresses the relationship between ethnic identity and school performance of Moroccan youth living in Barcelona (Spain), particularly in cases of academic success. The bulk of the article makes reference to examples from ethnographical research to pinpoint the strategies used by some of these youths and their families to transcend the cultural, linguistic, and social barriers they face both in school and in their wider community. In so doing, we shift our gaze from John Ogbu's immigrant/ involuntary typology to the patterns of variability along ethnic, class and gender lines that exist within this minority group. Results from recent ethnographic research points out that high academic performance does not necessarily entails neither rejection of ethnicity nor simple conformity. Rather, some of these Moroccan youth adopt an instrumental view of education that promotes the development of new and proactive cultural identities inside and outside the school arena.
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration; Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnosociology
Free Keywords Ethnic Identity; Academic Achievement; Immigrants; North African Cultural Groups; Conformity; Student Attitudes; Social Integration; Spain; Cultural Identity
Document language English
Publication Year 2003
Page/Pages p. 97-108
Journal Athenea Digital: Revista de Pensamiento e Investigacion Social (2003) 4
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications