When originally published this book reported the first major application of ‘labelling theory’ to deviance in classrooms. The authors explore the nature of classroom rules, show how they constitute a pervasive feature of the classroom, and examine the ways in which teachers use these rules as grounds for imputing ‘deviance’ to pupils. A theory of social typing is developed to show how teachers come to define certain pupils as deviant persons such as ‘troublemakers’ and several case-studies are used to document this analysis. Finally, the teachers’ reactions to disruptive classroom conduct are examined as complex strategic attempts at social control in the classroom. The book has a double focus on deviance theory and the process of teaching.
Table of Contents
Preface. 1. A Critical Introduction to Labelling Theory. 2. Deviance and Education. 3. Rules in School. 4. Rules in Context. 5. The Imputation of Deviance. 6. A Theory of Typing. 7.The Typing of Deviant Pupils. 8. Reactions to Deviance. 9. Some Implications. Notes. Bibliographical Index. Subject Index.