Year of Publication

2011

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Document Type

Dissertation

College

Arts and Sciences

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Dr. Rosalind Harris

Second Advisor

Dr. Edward Morris

Abstract

This study discussed research exploring intergenerational influences on the educational experiences and expectations of rural African Americans in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Hopkinsville is located in a district that has lagged behind reaching state and national benchmarks in educational attainment. It is home to one of the largest African American communities in the state and reflects striking disparities in educational achievement by race as it struggles to close achievement gaps generally. Through qualitative case study, this study found that both college track sons and parents shared comparable views on education while low performing parents and sons did not have the same views. Also, both college track and low performing adolescent men associated the meaning of a man with the provider role; however, the most salient finding of this study was the connection among education, opportunity, race, and the provider role among college track students.

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