'Peer social capital' and networks of migrants and minority ethnic youth in England and Spain

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Abstract

This article discusses friendships and peer groups of migrant and minority ethnic youth in schools in England and Spain, and critically considers them in relation to existing notions of ‘peer social capital’ and bridging (heterogeneous) and bonding (homogeneous) peer networks. The article argues for an extended understanding of peer social capital and discusses the complex composition and outcomes of bridging and bonding peer networks. It critically discusses both facilitators and barriers to friendships experienced by migrant and minority ethnic youth in schools, and considers them in relation to school practices.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)566-580
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Volume38
Issue number4
Early online date18 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2017

Keywords

  • Schools, friends, migration, ethnicity, peer social capital, bridging and bonding networks