Monday, April 10, 2017

Research Blog #9: Argument and Counter Argument

The counter-argument I chose to utilize to further exemplify a dimension of my thesis focuses on the effects in lack of cultural capital. This portion of my paper argues that the lack of cultural capital is a disadvantage, however in "Healing the Hidden Injuries of Class? Redemption Narratives, Aspirational Proxies, and Parents of Low-Income, First-Generation College Students" Ashley Rondini argues that this can be seen as an advantage. Rondini quotes the success of minority, Lydia, to prove her case. However, Rondini fails to acknowledge the rarity of success stories like Lydia, as well as the challenges she will face upon entrance into higher education. All incoming students are subjected to a change in culture, however minority groups have an extra step to overcome. Typically, minority groups have trouble assimilating into predominantly white culture, if they were not previously exposed to it before. The intergenerational “accultural gap” experienced by children of minority parents foster the added burden of cultural assimilation into the predominantly White universities, along with adjustments to campus culture. According to Tinto, there is a clear difference in academic success between students who quickly assimilate into the new culture and those who can not. The lack of cultural capital shared by the majority is an upcoming disadvantage for Lydia, despite her initial success.

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