Deficit‐informed thinking has dominated the presentation of working-class communities. This chapter highlights the cultural wealth that academics of working-class heritage possess. The work of Tara Yosso (2005, Whose Culture Has Capital? A Critical Race Theory Discussion of Community Cultural Wealth. Race Ethnicity and Education, 8(1), 69–91) is utilised as she combats the notion that non-elites are culturally deficient (p. 70). Student support was cited as an asset my respondents offered the academy.
- Social capital
- Familial capital
- Navigational capital
- Role models
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