Discipline, infantilization and parent's resistance: the disciplinary logic of "occurrence books"

This text deals with the narratives existing in the recent "occurrence books" of a public school to focus especially on the relations between school authorities and parents in the field of discipline. Such books record children's behaviors that are considered undisciplined, in order to correct them. By bringing in the children's parents or caregivers, this school not only requires them to guarantee the kind of control demanded, but also (and especially) inserts them in the disciplinary logic of "occurrence books". Although children are the main targets of discipline, everybody, to some extent, according to each situation or correlation of forces, is inserted in scenarios of infantilization or surveillance, examination and normalization and becomes permanently culpable and punishable.

School routine; Discipline; Parents; Infantilization; Normalization; Michel Foucault


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