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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

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(p.159) 5 Unequal Discipline
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Homeroom Security
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Aaron Kupchik

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814748206.003.0005

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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