Event Title

The Effects of Vernacular Usage on the Cultural Capital of a Minority

Start Date

25-4-2017 4:40 PM

End Date

25-4-2017 5:00 PM

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Social interaction is viewed as one of the most important factors of having a successful college career. It is therefore imperative to explore the lives of students that attend universities in locations that are nothing like where they hail from. Drawing on literature that explains the dimensions and necessity of cultural capital in general, and that of black people, this study examines how African American Vernacular English (AAVE) is used on college campuses as well as how its usage affects a black student’s cultural capital. A focus group of six African American students from Susquehanna University was conducted. It was found that the cultural capital of these students faced both benefits and drawbacks with AAVE usage. With special regard to habitus, argot, and cultural racism, the results indicate that support work needs to be done by the institution to increase the comfort of minority students.

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The Effects of Vernacular Usage on the Cultural Capital of a Minority

Social interaction is viewed as one of the most important factors of having a successful college career. It is therefore imperative to explore the lives of students that attend universities in locations that are nothing like where they hail from. Drawing on literature that explains the dimensions and necessity of cultural capital in general, and that of black people, this study examines how African American Vernacular English (AAVE) is used on college campuses as well as how its usage affects a black student’s cultural capital. A focus group of six African American students from Susquehanna University was conducted. It was found that the cultural capital of these students faced both benefits and drawbacks with AAVE usage. With special regard to habitus, argot, and cultural racism, the results indicate that support work needs to be done by the institution to increase the comfort of minority students.