The Urban Review

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 95–117 | Cite as

The contradictions of suppression: Notes from a study of approaches to gangs in three public high schools

  • David C. Brotherton
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Abstract

This article is based on data collected from two years of ethnographic gang research in three inner-city high schools. Two of the schools are situated in the same city on the West Coast, and the third is located on the East Coast. The aim of the research was to describe and analyze the range of responses of three secondary schools as they struggled to cope with the problem of youth gangs among their student populations. I argue that the common repertoire of suppression strategies used by the schools, although based on commonsense reactions to rising student violence, are futile responses to the problems of gangs and have antieducational “unintentional consequences” for the pursuance of a democratic public pedagogy.

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High School West Coast East Coast Public Pedagogy Student Population 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David C. Brotherton
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  1. 1.Sociology DepartmentJohn Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew York

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