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ERIC Number: EJ831881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
School Refuser Child Identities
Stroobant, Emma; Jones, Alison
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v27 n2 p209-223 Jun 2006
"School refuser" is an always-already negative child identity. The term is used to categorize children or adolescents who appear to dislike and fear school (or aspects of school) and persistently refuse to attend or attend very unwillingly. Given that school attendance is generally considered a necessary social good, regular and anxious refusal to attend is usually understood as problematic, maladaptive behaviour. Typically, the problem is discursively linked to certain psychiatric disorders, such as separation anxiety disorder and depression. This paper critically considers the significance of the usual understanding of school refusal as pathological and school refusers as maladjusted individuals. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand