Bittersweet Success. The Impact of Academic Achievement Among the Spanish Roma After a Decade of Roma Inclusion

  • Bálint Ábel BereményiEmail author
  • Sílvia Carrasco
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE)


This study (The study has been developed under the framework of an FP7 research project, RESL.Eu – Reducing Early School Leaving in Europe (Project scheme: SSH-2012-1; number: 320223).) aims to contribute to a line of research initiated at the beginning of the twenty-first century that inquired into the conditions that favoured the academic success and school continuity of Spain’s Roma youth (Abajo and Carrasco 2004) and also investigated the sociocultural impact that successful academic trajectories might have on Roma individuals, families and communities. This chapter will comparatively explore the experiences and trajectories of academic success of two sets of Roma youth that have been identified as ‘pre-Decade generation’ and ‘Decade-generation’, in relation to the changing policy contexts to which they have been exposed and in which they have been navigating through formal education: namely, before and in parallel with the development of the ambitious European agenda known as the Decade of Roma Inclusion (2005–2015) and corresponding national and local initiatives undertaken in Spain. Data of the first dataset were collected in 2002/2003, while those of the second set in 2015. For this analysis we have selected a total of 16 interviews. Data analysis will call for a wider framework including recent critical revisits of Ogbu’s cultural ecological theory in the context of urban schooling, but developing a success perspective that draws from literature on different forms of social and cultural capital, minority youth and education. We will firstly inquire into how social capital is operating in the family and ethnic community, in peer relations and with regards to institutional agents, including the case of ethnically targeted interventions. Secondly, we aim to identify what sociocultural changes are triggered by school success.


Spanish Roma Academic success Social capital Sociocultural changes Impact of success Institutional agents 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social and Cultural AnthropologyUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaCerdanyola del VallèsSpain

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