Disciplining High-School Students and Molding Their Subjectivity in South Korea: A Shift in Disciplinary Paradigm

  • Seungsook Moon


Responding to mass deaths of high school students during the Seweolho disaster (April 16th, 2014), this article examines to what extent and how high-school students are disciplined to be submissive and compliant. It discusses daily lives of students on the ground at Danwon High School to illustrate how the imperative to enter college overwhelms daily lives at a “general high school.” It proceeds to analyze how a majority of high-school students are disciplined through “school rules” and the “regulation of students’ life.” It contends that there is an ongoing shift in the major disciplinary paradigm from the authoritarian and militaristic model to the psychological counseling model and assesses the implications of this transformation for the normative subjectivity of young people being molded.


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  • Seungsook Moon
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyVassar CollegePoughkeepsieUSA

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