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Police in the HallwaysDiscipline in an Urban High School$
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Kathleen Nolan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675524

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675524.001.0001

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Signs of the Times

Signs of the Times

Place, Culture, and Control at Urban Public High School

(p.39) Chapter 2 Signs of the Times
Police in the Hallways

Kathleen Nolan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter illustrates the physical dimensions of the culture of control in which everyday disciplinary rituals are implemented at the author’s host school—a typical urban institution she calls the Urban Public High School (UPHS). The school environment here has experienced drastic spatial and material changes due to the installation of security equipment—such as metal detectors, cameras, and scanners—the presence of police officers patrolling the hallways, and the incarceration of the misbehaved to detention rooms, all of which contribute to a police-precinct, if not a prisonlike, culture therein. The UPHS has become a microcosm of the criminal-justice system operating within the larger context of a “cultural transformation” of disorderly schools—one that shapes the daily interactions and disciplinary rituals inside the school.

Keywords:   culture of control, Urban Public High School, security equipment, police officers, detention rooms, criminal justice system, cultural transformation

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