Youth in Education: The Necessity of Valuing Ethnocultural Diversity edition:1st edition pages:153-171
In this paper, I offer a platform for the aspirations of immigrant origin parents for the education of their children by providing an anthropological outlook that highlights the meanings of their perspectives. Although there is research dealing with such matters, they often fail to combine the empirical research with the conceptual and theoretical framework that would be useful to study such perspectives. The analytical structure of this paper rests on aspirations, as both a framework and useful tool for conceptualizing and analyzing the future dreams and experiences of these parents. Combining semi-structured interviews with participant observation, I carried out fieldwork among a small group of Turkish-Belgian mothers, who send their children to a local French-language school, l’École des Etoiles in Brussels. The results indicate, that aspirations of parents are an outcome of diverse experiences, structural factors and individual capacity. The aspirations of most parents mainly revolve around a dream of a future which will be less compartmentalized and more welcoming of multiculturalism.