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Aaron Kupchik

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748206

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748206.001.0001

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Unequal Discipline

Unequal Discipline

(p.159) 5 Unequal Discipline
Homeroom Security

Aaron Kupchik

NYU Press

This chapter argues that the prevailing notion of schools reproducing social inequalities is partly true, but somewhat of an oversimplification with regard to school punishment. Race/ethnicity, class, and gender shape school punishment, but not in some of the ways that one might expect. Rather, some of the punitive practices that were historically used only in mostly low-income or minority schools are now used in middle-class white schools as well, even if they are used in different ways and have different consequences. When comparing experiences of individual students, however, one sees that biases about racial/ethnic minorities, poor students, and female students substantially shape school discipline within schools. As a result, the contemporary discipline regime further marginalizes students who enter school already facing social and academic disadvantages.

Keywords:   social inequalities, school punishment, race, ethnicity, class, gender, school discipline, contemporary discipline regime

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