Social Captial: Richardo D. Stanton-Salazar and Do Essay

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Social Captial: Richardo D. Stanton-Salazar and Douglas Foley

For this critical analysis, the first article I have chosen to evaluate "A Social Capital
Framework for Understanding the Socialization of Racial Minority Children and Youths" by
Richardo D. Stanton-Salazar. This article surprised me in various ways and gave me mixed
emotions. The author details a network-analytic framework to understand the socialization
and schooling experiences of working-class racial minority youth. Stanton-Salazar examined
the relationships between youth and institutional agents which plays in the greater
multicultural context in which working-class minority youth must negotiate.
Stanton-Salazar also provides how students developed cultural strategies to overcome the
various obstacles and how they manage to develop sustaining and supportive relationships
with institutional agents.

Right in the beginning of the article, Stanton-Salazar used a terminology that surprised
me. He referred to African American and Latino children as living in "economically
disenfranchised urban communities". I immediately thought, "What is that!? It's just a
prettier way of sugar coating the terminology of the truth of where children live…in the
ghetto!" For some reason, the terminology he used upset me. Why didn't Stanton-Salazar use
vocabulary that the rest of the world is banked to using instead of hiding behind his
fancy college degrees? That just bothered me because in reality, there is no nice way of
stating the fact and it surely doesn't help the problem in any way.

Moving on, Stanton-Salazar states "contemporary scholars who study minority children and
youth have tried to address the lack of attention to racial variations in socialization,
bringing light the developmental challenges this group faces…" If I'm reading the
statement correctly, I believe that it's quite the opposite. I think that society
addresses ethnicity first and foremost. The ethnicity of any minority group is the first
to obtain any attention and it descends in a downward spiral from there.

Continuing with the reading, Stanton-Salazar quotes another individual, Sennett and Cobb,
"the power of institutional agents lies in their ability to give or withhold knowledge"
which results in the institutional playing a game of who's going to be successful in
society or fail. People who might withhold information may have something against a
student or may think that he/she would benefit from the resource than another student. In
reading this statement, it got me thinking about when I was a student in high school. Long
story short, I had teachers and counselors hold back information from me that would have
been useful to me now. When I think about it today, I resent those individuals and spite
them greatly.

In summary, this article, offers a network-analytic framework to understand the
socialization and schooling experiences of working-class racial minority youth.
Stanton-Salazar examined the relationships between youth and institutional agents which
plays in the greater multicultural context in which working-class minority youth must
negotiate. Stanton-Salazar provided the conceptual foundations of a framework built around
the concepts of social capital and institutional support. He concentrated on informating
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