Educational Capital and Generational Aspirations amongst British Asians

11 September 2014

This study examines intergenerational dynamics amongst British South Asians regarding education and family life. It explores the perspectives of grandparents, parents and young people to establish how family attributes and education are perceived by these groups, and how family values regarding education are transmitted by the first generation and received, adopted, or modified, by the second and third generations. The study forwards the notion of educational capital, as a high emphasis on the acquisition of education as a capital leading to upward social mobility is found amongst all generations.