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Schools Under Surveillance: Cultures of Control in Public Education
     

Schools Under Surveillance: Cultures of Control in Public Education

by Torin Monahan (Editor)
 

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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 data—it is about the structuring of power relations through human, technical, or hybrid control mechanisms. Essays cover a broad

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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 data—it 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.

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."
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."
H-Education
"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."
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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813546797
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Critical Issues in Crime and Society Series
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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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