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ERIC Number: ED446392
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 21
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From Injustice to Indifference: The Politics of School Violence.
Michaelis, Karen L.
Understanding and addressing the social structures that give rise to student violence require educators, parents, and society at large to adopt a critical, feminist perspective focusing on injustice and incorporating perspectives of marginalized students. Because practices of social groups play a critical role in self-identity, the violent actions of Eric Harris and Dylan Klybold at Columbine, directed at athletes and religious students, are best understood as expressions of collective violence, including the passive violence of adult nonresponsiveness. Typical models of justice, incorporating ideals of perfection, rationality, and fairness, fail to reveal the social context of violent acts. Only a focus on injustice explains the oppression perceived by Harris and Klybold and reveals their motivations. Where present, as at Columbine, Young's five following structures of oppression make violence predictable: (1) exploitation signified in exclusion despite computer work at school; (2) marginalization of so-called geeks; (3) powerlessness; (4) cultural imperialism by exclusionary groups; and (5) violence made inevitable beyond certain student anger thresholds. Only by understanding social causes can schools realistically address school violence. (TEJ)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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