Schools Under Surveillance (Critical Issues in Crime and Society Series)

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Schools under Surveillance gathers together some of the very best researchers studying surveillance and discipline in contemporary public schools. Surveillance is not simply about monitoring or tracking individuals and their dataĆ¹it is about the structuring of power relations through human, technical, or hybrid control mechanisms. Essays cover a broad range of topics including police and military recruiters on campus, testing and accountability regimes such as No Child Left Behind, and efforts by students and teachers to circumvent the most egregious forms of surveillance in public education. Each contributor is committed to the continued critique of the disparity and inequality in the use of surveillance to target and sort students along lines of race, class, and gender.
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Editorial Reviews

Contemporary Sociology

"After reading Schools Under Surveillance one is forever impacted by the gripping ethnographic moments of multiple school contexts where surveillance is embodied and resisted. This book is a must read for undergraduate and graduate students in sociology, anthropology, psychology and education interested in the issues of social control, culture, power and resistance in schools."

"A thought-provoking anthology."
Surveillance and Society

"This volume's interdisciplinarity makes the collection a provocative and stimulating reflection on cultures of control but also provides a brilliant overview of creative forms of resistance."
University of California, Irvine - Henry Pontell

"A fascinating and sophisticated look at the structure of power relations present in the security practices of public education. Focusing on 'the other side' of school safety policies which typically do not fully consider the effects of various control mechanisms, Schools Under Surveillance represents a major addition to the literature that will undoubtedly be of great value to scholars, practitioners, and policy makers alike."
author of Everyday Surveillance: Vigilance and Visibility in Postmodern Life - William G. Staples

"Schools under Surveillance raises a set of important and critical questions about how public schools have become one of the most surveilled of contemporary spaces. Monahan and Torres have put together a fine collection of provocative work that captures the essence of these new school accountability regimes."
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Meet the Author

TORIN MONAHAN is an associate professor of human and organizational development at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development and an associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University. He is the editor and author of several books, including Surveillance and Security: Technological Politics and Power in Everyday Life.

RODOLFO D. TORRES is a professor of political economy and urban studies at the University of California, Irvine.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Torin Monahan Rodolfo D. Torres 1

Part I New Disciplinary Orders: Police, Surveillance, and Inequality in the Carceral School

1 To Protect, Serve, and Mentor?: Police Officers in Public Schools Aaron Kupchik Nicole L. Bracy 21

2 School Surveillance in America: Disparate and Unequal Paul Hirschfield 38

3 The Docile Body in School Space Lizbet Simmons 55

Part II Schools as Markets: Selling Security, Buying Students

4 Safety or Social Control? The Security Fortification of Schools in a Capitalist Society Ronnie Casella 73

5 Online Surveillance in Canadian Schools Valerie Steeves 87

6 "School Ownership Is the Goal": Military Recruiting, Public Schools, and Fronts of War Tyler Wall 104

Part III Security Cultures: Preparing for the Worst

7 Reading, Writing, and Readiness Richard A. Matthew 123

8 Risky Youth and the Psychology of Surveillance: The Crisis of the School Shooter Tyson Lewis 140

Part IV Accountability Regimes: Tests, Standards, and Audits as Surveillance

9 "Politics by Other Means": Education Accountability and the Surveillance State Pauline Lipman 159

10 The Measure of Success: Education, Markets, and an Audit Culture Michael W. Apple 175

11 Lying, Cheating, and Teaching to the Test: The Politics of Surveillance under No Child Left Behind John Gilliom 194

Part V Everyday Resistance: Contesting Systems of Control

12 Scan This: Examining Student Resistance to School Surveillance Jen Weiss 213

13 Seductions of Risk, Social Control, and Resistance to School Surveillance Andrew Hope 230

Contributors 247

Index 253

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