"To Trust in My Root and to Take That to Go Forward": Supporting College Access for Immigrant Youth in the Global City

Reva Jaffe-Walter, Stacey J. Lee

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Increasing numbers of immigrant youth are coming of age within global cities that are characterized by growing inequalities and few opportunities for social mobility. These youth face numerous educational obstacles that complicate college and labor market access. This article draws from an ethnographic study of public high schools serving low-income, recently arrived immigrant students and explores how the schools provide students with the academic skills and social capital to support college going. It considers how the schools attempt to create new understandings and expectations of the educational possibilities available to low income immigrant students, thus creating a social imaginary that resists the racialized hierarchies of the global city.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-296
Number of pages16
JournalAnthropology and Education Quarterly
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2011



  • College access
  • English-language learners
  • Globalization
  • Immigrant students
  • Social capital

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