Black/White Differences in School Performance: The Oppositional Culture Explanation

Black/White Differences in School Performance: The Oppositional Culture Explanation

by Douglas B. Downey

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Overview

The late anthropologist, John Ogbu, developed one of the most theoretically provocative explanations for racial/ethnic differences in school performance: oppositional culture theory. Rather than view racial/ethnic gaps as a product of structural disadvantage alone, the theory emphasizes minority groups’ agency and the way in which they contribute to their own demise by developing a culture in opposition to schooling. This review focuses on the theory's merits for understanding the black/white gap in the United States.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013394292
Publisher: Annual Reviews
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Series: Annual Review of Sociology , #34
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 19
File size: 6 MB

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