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17:30 - 19:30 1 October 2014

Race and underachievement of Afro-Trinidadian boys

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Lecture Theatre 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Dr Ravi Rampersad, Senior Manager in Consulting, Deloitte&Touche

In Trinidad, dominant discourses on race and education often simplistically labels Afro-Trinidadian boys as the lowest academic achievers. This underachievement is viewed as pathological and linked to deficient cultural values and single female-headed homes. To interrogate this dynamic, this paper employs a theoretical model that takes into account the nuances of the intersecting trajectories of race, social class and gender in Trinidad. It explores the nature and operation of 'racialised facilitative capital' (RFT) in two Trinidadian state primary schools; one highly acclaimed as a centre of excellence and the other stereotyped as a typical failing urban school. The research emphasises the role of RFC where the 'right' capital can be the difference between social advancement and social stagnation. It also points to the salience of RFC as a model in examining intersecting issues of race, social class and gender in post-colonial societies such as Trinidad.


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Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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