How do black men succeed in IT careers? the effects of capital

K. D. Joshi, Lynette Kvasny, P. Unnikrishnan, Eileen Trauth

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Abstract

While most of the literature on Black men prescribe to a deficit model that focuses on academic failures and poverty, this work focuses on the positive by profiling Black men who have successfully entered information technology (IT) majors. Here we reveal various capitals, their accumulation, and their effects using Bourdieu's framework to inductively uncover that Black men succeed in IT careers by accumulating five forms of capital - Cultural, Social, Symbolic, Technical, and Economic - that mold their habitus. The accumulated capital affects IT Career Choices, General Skills, IT Skills, Institutional Benefits, Symbolic Benefits, Financial Benefits, Self-efficacy, Ambition, Expectations, Extra Burden, The Black Experience, and Sense of Service. These effects are well aligned with the rules of playing in the IT field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 49th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2016
EditorsRalph H. Sprague, Tung X. Bui
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages4729-4738
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780769556703
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 7 2016
Event49th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2016 - Koloa, United States
Duration: Jan 5 2016Jan 8 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Volume2016-March
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Other

Other49th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2016
CountryUnited States
CityKoloa
Period1/5/161/8/16

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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Joshi, K. D., Kvasny, L., Unnikrishnan, P., & Trauth, E. (2016). How do black men succeed in IT careers? the effects of capital. In R. H. Sprague, & T. X. Bui (Eds.), Proceedings of the 49th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2016 (pp. 4729-4738). [7427773] (Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences; Vol. 2016-March). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.2016.586