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ERIC Number: EJ953177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
Mapping the Biopolitics of School Dropout and Youth Resistance
Ruglis, Jessica
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v24 n5 p627-637 2011
This article will put forth an introductory argument and evidence for school non-completion as a form of biopower, and school dropout to be considered a form of biopolitical youth resistance in the United States (US). Beginning with a brief overview of the empirical relationship of education to health and current graduation rates in the United States, the first section then intertwines these data to elucidate a framework of education as a form of biopower. Using focus groups (n = 6) and a cognitive mapping method called "X-ray maps," this qualitative, youth participatory action research (YPAR) study of twenty-two (22) youth ages 14-19 in New York City investigated the ways in which schooling is embodied. Its findings reveal what education policy is doing to the body, how and in what ways youth resist these forces. The last section puts forth a theory for considering dropout as a form of biopolitical youth resistance. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York; United States