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Seminar: Interrogating Race and Achievement: Racialised Facilitative Capital and the Underachievement of Afro-Trinidadian Boys

Publication date: Jul 29, 2014 4:57:13 PM

Start: Oct 1, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Oct 1, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN


Ravi Rampersad - In Trinidad, dominant discourses on race and education often simplistically labels Afro-Trinidadian boys as the lowest academic achievers.  This underachievement is viewed as pathological and linked to deficient cultural values and single female-headed homes. To interrogate this dynamic, this paper employs a theoretical model that takes into account the nuances of the intersecting trajectories of race, social class and gender in Trinidad. It explores the nature and operation of 'racialised facilitative capital' (RFT) in two Trinidadian state primary schools; one highly acclaimed as a centre of excellence and the other stereotyped as a typical failing urban school. The research emphasises the role of RFC where the 'right' capital can be the difference between social advancement and social stagnation.  It also points to the salience of RFC as a model in examining intersecting issues of race, social class and gender in postcolonial societies such as Trinidad.

Dr Ravi Rampersad is a Senior Manager in consulting at Deloitte & Touche, Trinidad, where he leads the Education Consulting Practice. He holds a BA in History from the University of the West Indies, an MA in Area Studies (Latin America) from the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London and a PhD in Education from the Institute of Education (IOE). He has over ten years of experience in the tertiary education sector as an educator and researcher, and has researched and published on issues of race, ethnicity, gender and identity. Currently Ravi is the project lead on several engagements including a systemic curriculum review of a state tertiary institution in Trinidad.

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required.