Rebellious uniform

Farmer, Mark Ross (2012) Rebellious uniform. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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In this thesis, I focus on adolescent teens at Kingswood College High School, where I am currently employed as a student assistant in Grahamstown. I form part of a networked hierarchy at Kingswood College whereby I am expected to perform duties which require me to uphold discipline, forge respect and act as a mentor to students. Within this complex role I am mindful of the power dynamics within the school and my focus is on how the students at Kingswood College in some instances challenge them. Regulations in regard to uniforms and in regard to the arrangement of each learner’s belongings insist on the sublimation/sacrificing of an individual identity in favour of an institutional one. Thus tiny departures from those norms, slight transgressions, might be understood as small rebellions which the boarder stages against disciplinary structures and the conformity demanded of him or her. I am particularly interested in these transgressions. In this thesis I attempt to unravel the complexities associated with such idiosyncrasies and how they play out amongst adolescent teens.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Teenagers, Adolescent, Kingswood College, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa, Discipline, Regulations, Uniforms, Individual identity, Rebellion, Transgressions
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Fine Art
Supervisors:Schmahmann, Brenda
ID Code:3454
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:25 Sep 2012 13:15
Last Modified:25 Sep 2012 13:15
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