Reproducing middle-class subjectivities: educational migration, transnationalism and British Nigerian youth

Kea, Pamela (2019) Reproducing middle-class subjectivities: educational migration, transnationalism and British Nigerian youth. Africa Today. ISSN 0001-9887 (Accepted)

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Abstract

British Nigerian youth are being sent to boarding school in Nigeria partly to escape economic precarity and low educational attainment in the U.K. Their transnational practices are central to educational planning, social mobility and the reproduction of middle-class subjectivities within neo-liberal globalization. I argue that migration, and the transnational practices that it engenders, lead to accumulation of cultural and symbolic capital, in the form of educational qualifications, dispositions, and deportment, and social capital, in the cultivation of friendships. It is imperative that they cultivate useful friendships in the right milieu; in this sense, boarding schools, as places of privilege, foster new relations. Paradoxically, it is, in part, their Britishness that serves as a form of cultural capital and attributes them with status in the eyes of their contemporaries at boarding school in Nigeria.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Depositing User: Sharon Krummel
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2019 13:30
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2019 12:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/84847

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