Punishing kids: the rise of the 'boot camp'

Mills, Martin and Pini, Barbara (2014) Punishing kids: the rise of the 'boot camp'. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 19 3: 270-284. doi:10.1080/13603116.2014.929748

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Author Mills, Martin
Pini, Barbara
Title Punishing kids: the rise of the 'boot camp'
Journal name International Journal of Inclusive Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1360-3116
Publication date 2014-06-14
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13603116.2014.929748
Open Access Status
Volume 19
Issue 3
Start page 270
End page 284
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper is concerned with the rise of ‘the boot camp’ as a means of addressing ‘the problem’ of troubled youth’ in contemporary industrialised nations such as Australia and the UK. Drawing on a corpus of publicly available material
including press releases and policy documents, media reports, and programme websites, the paper explores the legitimating discourses surrounding boot camps and suggests that they are a symptom of what Giroux [2011. “Youth in the Suspect Society and the Politics of Disposability.” Power Play: A Journal of Educational Justice 3 (1): 3–21] calls the ‘punishing state’. Such discourses work to construct young people as an escalating and uncontrollable problem, to frame this problem as individual rather than structural, and to suggest that state responses to problematic youth have been inadequate. Furthermore, we suggest, as the rationale for these boot camps indicate, that within this ‘punishing state’,  the militarisation of schooling is deemed to be an appropriate solution to this problem
Keyword Boot camps
Youth justice and punishment
Mmilitarisation of schooling
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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