A social network analysis of acting white

Na'im Madyun, Moo Sung Lee, Mustafa Jumale

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Using social network and interview data, this case study illuminates why acting White did not apply to students at a predominantly Somali African American school in the U.S. Specifically, this case study shows that high-achieving Somali working-class students were not isolated from their peer networks in their school. Furthermore, this study suggests that Acting White may be not applicable to schools where schools are structurally small-sized, culturally college-bound, and ethnically-homogenous.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3231-3235
Number of pages5
JournalProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010
Event2nd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2010 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: Feb 4 2010Feb 8 2010


  • Acting white
  • Somali immigrant students
  • social network analysis


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