Tameness at School

  • Rob CreasyEmail author
  • Fiona Corby


School is a major site for reinforcing a view of children as becomings and for the taming of childhood. Although schools promote the idea of developing individual character, many of their policies act to restrict it, and view children as objects to be processed. Children are expected to dress in a uniform manner and behave in a uniform manner. School spaces, such as playgrounds, are controlled to varying degrees in ways which restrict what children can do, sometimes for ostensibly safety reasons, and sometimes for the purposes of managing the school. Testing and accountability contribute to the ways in which children are subject to datafication, within a system whereby children are valued for what they contribute to the school.


Uniform Spaces Playgrounds Testing Accountability Datafication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychological and Social SciencesYork St John UniversityYorkUK
  2. 2.School of Social Sciences, Humanities and LawTeesside UniversityMiddlesbroughUK

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