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Out of Place: Public Policy and the Emerging Truancy

reviewed by Etta Kralovec Mooser - 1990

coverTitle: Out of Place: Public Policy and the Emerging Truancy
Author(s): Fiona M Paterson
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 1850005117, Pages: , Year:
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Paterson challenges our taken-for-granted assumptions about schooling and those who choose to absent themselves from it. Through an in-depth analysis of nineteenth-century Scottish public policy on schools, Paterson develops her argument that our beliefs about truancy are social constructs that presuppose class-biased notions of normality. This Foucaultian analysis enables her to explore the relationship between power and knowledge as it relates to the construction of the institutionalized practices from which truancy emerges. Patersonís work on truancy provides a historical perspective that complements research done in the United States on truancy and the related problems of dropouts. Patersonís work informs this body of scholarship by suggesting that some of the slippery issues, such as the definitional problems that plague dropout research, are really conceptual problems. This is in line with attempts in the United States to develop the term push-outs as an alternative to dropouts. Additionally, growing attention by U.S. scholars to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 92 Number 1, 1990, p. 143-145
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 367, Date Accessed: 12/5/2020 3:47:21 AM

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    College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine

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