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New counter-school cultures: female students' drug use at a high-achieving secondary school

Fletcher, Adam, Bonell, Chris and Rhodes, Tim 2009. New counter-school cultures: female students' drug use at a high-achieving secondary school. British Journal of Sociology of Education 30 (5) , pp. 549-562. 10.1080/01425690903101049

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We draw on case‐study research at a high‐achieving secondary school in London to illustrate how school experiences may influence drug use and reproduce inequalities in reconstructed ways in late modernity. Qualitative data were collected through semi‐structured interviews with students and teachers, and observations. We focus in particular on the accounts of three female students expressing a shared counter‐school identity and style to explore how drug use has become an important source of bonding, identity construction, coping and excitement for young women from disadvantaged families at high‐achieving schools, including as part of strategies to resist the narrow focus schools can place on academic attainment, monitoring and discipline. We propose that, in late modern times, class‐based counter‐school cultures are being replaced with new consumer‐based ones, but that secondary schools continue to act as sites for the reproduction of social stratification, as well as risk and harm relating to drug use.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Uncontrolled Keywords: drug use, gender, schools, youth cultures, identity, case‐study
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0142-5692
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2019 01:57

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