Excluded from School – Intersections of Discipline & Marginalization

Waleng, S. (Oplægsholder)

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This paper will discuss how to develop conceptualizations to grasp the relationship between disciplinary problems in school, the use of sanctions and marginalization. Indications of a rising number of disciplinary exclusions – expulsions and suspensions of pupils - in Danish schools can be identified. These changes contrast the political goal of inclusion and its ideal of a school with room for differences that would hitherto have caused transferal to alternative schooling.
Studies within the field typically focus on risk factors for and consequences of disciplinary exclusions, but conceptual weaknesses can be identified in their approaches. Several studies see disciplinary exclusions as mere reactions to single events of an individual’s (bad) behavior. Focusing on such linear explanations conceals connections to the social contexts in which exclusions takes place.
A central aspect of this social context is the political conditions of schooling and the discourse at play about what school is about and how to be a “good” pupil. Following Foucault, disciplinary exclusions can be seen as a power technology directed towards normalizing individuals in certain ways. Through his theory on the interplay between discipline, punishment and normalization, the aim of this paper is to develop conceptualizations of disciplinary exclusions that are more promising to explain how the use of disciplinary exclusions in certain situations become hegemonic truths about how to deal with bad behavior school. By investigating marginalization processes in disciplinary practices, this paper will contribute to the longstanding debate concerning the relation between schooling and the reproduction of social inequalities.
Periode20 aug. 2019
Begivenhedstitel18th Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology: Measured Lives - Theoretical Psychology in an Era of Acceleration
PlaceringCopenhagen, Danmark
Grad af anerkendelseInternational


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