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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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Living Proof

Living Proof

Experiences of Economic and Educational Exclusion

(p.145) Chapter 7 Living Proof
Police in the Hallways

Kathleen Nolan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter attempts to establish a correlation between the students’ experiences inside the school and their daily lives outside of it, as subject to political, economic, and cultural forces. This phenomenon is observed through the microinteractions of everyday life in the school as the latter is restructured in order to accommodate present-day demands. Social reproduction and oppositional behavior play a significant role in these microlevel dynamics. Most urban students are offered a wider range of educational possibilities, and can attend either college-preparatory institutions or receive technical or vocational training. Still others are sorted into the “rough” schools as a consequence of the current educational system and the heavier penalties it imposes on students of color. In that vein, it is not difficult to view the primary function of these schools as the penal management of excluded youth.

Keywords:   microinteractions, urban students, educational system, penal management, student experiences, students of color

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