School Surveillance, Control, and Resistance in the United Kingdom

Carlile, Anna. 2018. School Surveillance, Control, and Resistance in the United Kingdom. In: Jo Deakin; Emmeline Taylor and Aaron Kupchik, eds. The Palgrave International Handbook of School Discipline, Surveillance, and Social Control. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 17-42. ISBN 9783319715582 [Book Section]

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This chapter outlines the development of the current socio-political context within which U.K. schools experience surveillance and implement their security and disciplinary procedures. Schools are suggested to have developed their approaches to social control against a background of neoliberalism and audit culture. This involves the marketisation of much of the school system through an ‘academisation’ process; linked to this is an increased surveillance of teachers and students through datafication, CCTV and other digital means. Another form of surveillance- biopolitical control in schools- shows itself through the traditionalisation of gendered school uniform and the increasing pathologisation of the behaviour of ethnic minorities.

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school, security, surveillance, discipline, panopticon, neoliberalism, exclusion, CCTV, audit culture, behaviour, academies

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Educational Studies
Educational Studies > Centre for Identities and Social Justice


22 June 2018Published

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26 Jun 2018 11:47

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20 Nov 2020 09:45


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