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Objective Structures and Symbolic Violence in the Immigrant Family and School Relationships: Study of Two Cases in Chile

School of Social Work, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago 781000, Chile
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Academic Editors: Nathan Hughes and Martin J. Bull
Soc. Sci. 2015, 4(4), 1243-1268;
Received: 28 October 2015 / Revised: 20 November 2015 / Accepted: 26 November 2015 / Published: 4 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Understanding and Supporting 'Families with Complex Needs')
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The historical trend of migration processes in Chile faces a challenge given the incremental growth of immigration during recent years. This study focuses on the relationship between family and school, distinguishing within it the particular relationship between immigrant families and school agents. The qualitative approach applied here enabled a focus on the effect of the cultural diversity that immigration produces, including the configuration of conflicts between immigrant families and the school institution. The main issues discussed in this article concern the approach and the nature of interaction between schools and immigrant families. This approach is articulated with the observed emergence of symbolic violence. The characterization of the conflict of expectations among immigrant families and schools is also described, suggesting the need to rethink the practices associated with an inclusive education that allows the integration of immigrant families. View Full-Text
Keywords: education; immigrant families; conflict education; immigrant families; conflict
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Cornejo Torres, R.; Rosales Ubeda, A. Objective Structures and Symbolic Violence in the Immigrant Family and School Relationships: Study of Two Cases in Chile. Soc. Sci. 2015, 4, 1243-1268.

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