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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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Against the Law

Against the Law

Student Noncompliance and Contestation

(p.73) Chapter 4 Against the Law
Police in the Hallways

Kathleen Nolan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter describes the attempts of students to assert themselves within the harsh police regime at school. The common rationale for noncompliance with police dictates is due to the usual police approach to order maintenance, which is often considered as bordering on the unnecessarily harsh. Noncompliance poses as a way (among several) in which students can protest against the culture of control—it is an assertion of the self and an expression of indignation. In this way, students maintained a sense of dignity. However, by contesting law enforcement, the students have also reinforced media images of urban students as hopelessly undisciplined and unruly. In doing so, the students have inadvertently created an image of themselves as the criminalized class—one in need of being policed.

Keywords:   order maintenance, noncompliance, urban students, media images, criminalized class

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