The involvement of migrant mothers in their children's education: cultural capital and transnational class processes

Taghreed Jamal Al-deen, Joel Austin Windle

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    Abstract

    This paper analyses the kinds of capital, practices and investments that are implicated in the participation of migrant mothers in the educational careers of their children, drawing on a Bourdieusian framework. We present findings of a study of Muslim Iraqi mothers with school-aged children in Australia, based on 47 interviews with 25 participants. The study identifies different modes of involvement in children s education and connects these to mothers cultural and social capital. Involvement, and its effectiveness, is analysed through the analytical categories of (i) high capital-high involvement; (ii) low capital-high involvement; and (iii) low capital-minimal direct involvement. The paper contributes to the theorisation of family-school relations in the context of migration, and develops a more nuanced perspective for studying social class positioning and repositioning.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)278 - 295
    Number of pages18
    JournalInternational Studies in Sociology of Education
    Volume25
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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