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Toxic SchoolsHigh-Poverty Education in New York and Amsterdam$
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Bowen Paulle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226066387

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226066554.001.0001

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Episodic Violence, Perpetual Threats

Episodic Violence, Perpetual Threats

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(p.67) Three Episodic Violence, Perpetual Threats
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Toxic Schools
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Bowen Paulle

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226066554.003.0003

Chapter Three investigates what students let behind are often forced to care about most: the power of threats and the practice of violence. This chapter shows not only why toxic stress crept beneath the skin of all involved, but also how certain especially dominant students skillfully manipulated the gendered roles and interactional channels leading towards physical aggression. Chapter Three demonstrates how potentially belligerent interactions governed even the violent elites who often appeared to master the two anxiety-ridden universes with the embodied ease of the naturally gifted. If we really want to understand how students deal and self-destruct in our most troubled schools, we need to get a grounded sense of the degree to which students remained pre-discursively intimidated no matter what they consciously thought. Achieving this can help us see that all observable behaviors in such anxiety-ridden environments should be construed primarily as body-based, visceral, and immediate responses to stress.

Keywords:   Aggression, Threats, Embodiment, Stress responses, Violent elites

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