Supplementary Schools and Ethnic Minority Communities

A Social Positioning Perspective

  • Amanda Simon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Amanda Simon
      Pages 3-24
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      Pages 49-66
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-70
    2. Amanda Simon
      Pages 71-91
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      Pages 93-121
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      Pages 123-135
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-141
  5. Widening the Scope: Supplementary Schools and Acculturation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Amanda Simon
      Pages 207-216
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 217-235

About this book


This book provides a unique perspective into the world of supplementary schooling, exploring both the social positioning of these schools and the ethnic minority communities they serve.  The author presents a close examination of the establishment and functioning of supplementary schools which offers a fresh and novel insight into acculturation processes.  Drawing on empirical data gathered from staff interviews, classroom observations and interactive recordings, this book explores the operation of supplementary schools as sites of identity construction where the community identities are preserved, defended, renegotiated and reconstructed.  The various modes of construction are indicative of the acculturation experiences of ethnic minority communities and the ways in which these communities negotiate residence in one country whilst having roots in another.  This book therefore offers a revealing conceptualization of supplementary schools, not merely as educational spaces, but socio-political enterprises that are situated within and respond to various historical, social and political contexts.   This pioneering work will appeal to students and scholars in the fields of education, migration and identity.


ethnic minority communities social positioning supplementary schooling social work and education Supplementary Schools and Acculturation

Authors and affiliations

  • Amanda Simon
    • 1
  1. 1.St Mary’s UniversityTwickenhamUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-50056-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-50057-1
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