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Journal Article

Citation

Gulczyńska A. Child. Geogr. 2019; 17(4): 413-426.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, Informa - Taylor and Francis Group)

DOI

10.1080/14733285.2018.1536775

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

The paper contributes to 'geographies of education' (Holloway, S., and H. Jöns. 2012. "Geographies of Education and Learning." Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 37 (4): 482-488), as it presents the typical school careers of students stigmatized in educational institutions because of their disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Drawing on qualitative research with male residents of one disadvantaged neighbourhood in Łódź (Poland), I identify their typical careers as 'doomed-to-fail school careers'. The paper has three aims. First, it highlights the significance of stigma-based spatially embedded school practices on the educational failure and low-paid employment of students from disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Second, it uncovers forms of school control over stigmatized students and the students' resistance to these. Finally, I argue that Erving Goffman's theory of stigma in human geography (Goffman, E. 1963. Stigma. Notes on Management of Spoiled Identity. Englewood Cliff, NJ: Prentice Hall) offers a unique language to describe and explain the spatially embedded educational experiences of marginalized students.

Keywords

Disadvantaged neighbourhood; doomed-to-fail school career; educational exclusion; educational failure; stigma

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