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Pupil Subcultures - Document in A Level and IB Sociology
One reason why different pupil subcultures exist in schools is a result of negative labelling. Becker (1971) interviewed 60 Chicago high school teachers asking them to explain their view of an ideal student. He found that the teachers emphasised characteristics such as conduct and language before they got to ability. Becker concluded that it was much easier for middle class students to meet this ideal since they are better dressed and spoken than their working class counterparts. Thus, working class children are not going to be perceived as academic which will impact the opportunities available to them in school. Paul Willis (1977) found that working class boys form sub cultures as a response to their limited oppurtunities. This leads to disengagement from education and underachievement.
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Interactionists have taken this approach further, they have examined the way in which labelling is linked to other processes within schools that result in class differences in achievement, these processes include the self-fulfilling prophecy, streaming and the polarisation into anti and pro-school pupil subcultures as stated by Item A.