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Objective Structures and Symbolic Violence in the Immigrant Family and School Relationships: Study of Two Cases in Chile

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  • Rayen Cornejo Torres

    () (School of Social Work, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago 781000, Chile)

  • Ariel Rosales Ubeda

    () (School of Social Work, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago 781000, Chile)

Abstract

The historical trend of migration processes in Chile faces a challenge given the incremental growth of immigration during recent years. This study focuses on the relationship between family and school, distinguishing within it the particular relationship between immigrant families and school agents. The qualitative approach applied here enabled a focus on the effect of the cultural diversity that immigration produces, including the configuration of conflicts between immigrant families and the school institution. The main issues discussed in this article concern the approach and the nature of interaction between schools and immigrant families. This approach is articulated with the observed emergence of symbolic violence. The characterization of the conflict of expectations among immigrant families and schools is also described, suggesting the need to rethink the practices associated with an inclusive education that allows the integration of immigrant families.

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  • Rayen Cornejo Torres & Ariel Rosales Ubeda, 2015. "Objective Structures and Symbolic Violence in the Immigrant Family and School Relationships: Study of Two Cases in Chile," Social Sciences, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 4(4), pages 1-26, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jscscx:v:4:y:2015:i:4:p:1243-1268:d:59951
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    1. Nathan Hughes & Carolina Munoz-Guzman, 2015. "Understanding and Supporting “Families with Complex Needs”: An Editorial," Social Sciences, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 4(4), pages 1-5, December.

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    Keywords

    education; immigrant families; conflict;

    JEL classification:

    • A - General Economics and Teaching
    • B - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology
    • N - Economic History
    • P - Economic Systems
    • Y80 - Miscellaneous Categories - - Related Disciplines - - - Related Disciplines
    • Z00 - Other Special Topics - - General - - - General

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