Series editor(s): Loretta E. Bass
Subject Area: Sociology and Public Policy
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|Title:||New Avenues to School Exclusion and Social Exclusion for Urban Young People in the UK|
|Volume:||14 Editor(s): Loretta E. Bass, David A. Kinney ISBN: 978-1-78052-074-2 eISBN: 978-1-78052-075-9|
|Citation:||Daniel Briggs (2011), New Avenues to School Exclusion and Social Exclusion for Urban Young People in the UK, in Loretta E. Bass, David A. Kinney (ed.) The Well-Being, Peer Cultures and Rights of Children (Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, Volume 14), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.133-157|
|DOI:||10.1108/S1537-4661(2011)0000014011 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Article type:||Chapter Item|
Purpose – UK urban state schools have recently experienced increased pressure to improve pupil performance levels and punitive policies appear to be one way of dealing with “problematic” young people. While some are permanently excluded for serious acts, others, who are by comparison less problematic, are unofficially “excluded” and referred to off-site educational provision (OSEP) where they receive reduced timetables and unchallenging courses. This research study set out to examine why 20 young people were “unofficially” excluded from school and their progress in OSEP.
Methodology – The study made use of ethnographic methods with 20 excluded young people in one south London borough in the UK. The research was undertaken from March 2009 to August 2009.
Findings – This chapter shows how “unofficial” exclusionary processes, to which these urban young people are exposed, have implications for their identity, self-worth and lifestyles, and makes them increasingly vulnerable to crime and victimization. The chapter makes use of labeling perspectives to understand the significance of the social reaction to deviant labels young people receive in school (Becker, 1953) and how they respond as a consequence (Lemert, 1972).
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