"Being Down": Challenging Violence in Urban Schools

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Teachers College Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Education - 175 pages
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This book looks at the lives of young people and the violence that is a daily part of their world in an urban high school. Being Down" studies school violence comprehensively, linking school ethnography, policy analysis, and urban studies and encompassing city politics, racism, policing, and systemic and economic injustices in it s all-too-real portrait of youth violence in American society. Rich with dialogue, this timely volume considers school violence in its many forms, including gun and weapon usage, assault and harassment, bullying, fighting, suicide, and hate crimes. In addition to youth violence, the book examines federal policies and court cases that have shaped judicial and punitive responses to violence.

Chapters cover: zero tolerance policy; school discipline; urban policing; community and school relations; segregation and school inequities; alternative schools and Boot Camps.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Framework for Understanding Violence in School
9
Violence in the Organization of Schooling
26
The Screening Committee and the Prison Track
54
Of Hood Rats and City Cops
79
Policing the Urban School Crisis
98
DARE Students Speak of Violence
117
Public Policy Popular Discourse and Education Reform
144
Index 765
165
About the Author
176
Acknowledgments ix
195
American Reader 21
21
Sacred Texts 85
85
Time and American Theology 107
107
Indexes 127
127
Copyright

References
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About the author (2001)

Casella is assistant professor at Central Connecticut State University. He has taught high school in Colombia, South America.

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