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Corridor Cultures: Mapping Student Resistance at an Urban High School


reviewed by David C. Brotherton — March 03, 2009

coverTitle: Corridor Cultures: Mapping Student Resistance at an Urban High School
Author(s): Maryann Dickar
Publisher: New York University Press, New York
ISBN: 0814720099, Pages: 212, Year: 2008
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Why do some reforming schools fail despite the progressive ideals and commitment to the students of their administrators and teachers? Is it the policies that are wrong, based as so many are on bureaucratic compromises that often undermine the original principles of the plan? Or is there something amiss in our age-old White, middle-class attempt to bring education and enlightenment to the masses, to provide “them” with the cultural capital that will allow “them” to compete a little more equally on a disastrously unequal playing field? The answer, according to this latest contribution to the schools’ resistance literature, appears to be the latter, as Professor Dickar concludes from her years of teaching in a working-class, primarily Black (i.e., African-American, Haitian, and Afro-Caribbean) school euphemistically called Renaissance High in Brooklyn and complemented by her one year of field research at the same institution. After collecting data that consisted of thirty-seven open-ended... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 03, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15586, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 11:50:18 PM

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  • David Brotherton
    John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York
    DAVID BROTHERTON is a Professor and Chair of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York (CUNY), a member of the Ph.D. faculties in Criminal Justice, Sociology and Urban Education at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and a research associate at numerous international universities. Dr. Brotherton’s research and teaching primarily focus on processes of social exclusion and resistance. Dr. Brotherton has published widely on street gangs, urban education, youth subcultures, immigration and deportation and is the recipient of numerous awards from public and private foundations. His most recent or soon to be published books are: Back to the Homeland: Social Control, Dominican Deportees and Transnationalism (co-authored with Luis Barrios), Columbia University Press, forthcoming; Globalizing the Streets: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Youth, Marginalization and Empowerment (co-edited with Michael Flynn), Columbia University Press, 2008; Keeping Out The Other: Critical Analysis of Immigration Control Today (co-edited with Phil Kretsedemas), Columbia University Press, 2008; and The Encyclopedia of Gangs (co-edited with Louis Kontos), Greenwood Press, 2007.
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