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Deviance et Societe

NCJ Number
Deviance et societe Volume: 37 Issue: 2 Dated: June 2013 Pages: 131-247
Alvaro P. Pires; Alain Garcia; Christophe Delay; Arnaud Frauenfelder; Severine Depoilly
Date Published
June 2013
117 pages
Four feature articles address the following issues: reflections on the sociology of punishment that stem from the work of Tom Daems; the rationale for the use of detention at school; tensions between educators and students' families on issues of child protection at school; and how boys and girls view what qualifies as misconduct at school.
One article critically examines the reasons and methods for social punishment as well as its short-term and long-term effects, based on the work of Tom Daems in "Making Sense of Penal Change" (2008). In the second article, an analysis of the use of detention for minor rule-breaking in French secondary schools concludes that it is more about maintaining control than improving the educational performance of students. The third article considers how the cultural differences between educators and the working-class parents of students leads to tensions regarding the management of children's behavior at school. The fourth article uses observation and interviews of students at school in determining how girls and boys view what qualifies as deviant behavior by students. References accompany each article.