Uniform Justice? Disciplinary Respectability and What It Teaches

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Rights are supposed to guarantee our safety and access to opportunity—but what about the things they don’t protect? In the United States and elsewhere, laws and policies meant to prevent discrimination don’t include some of the things that are most important to how we think of ourselves and our identities: how we speak, dress, move, and express emotion.

Looking at discipline and dress code requirements in U.S. charter schools, Dr. Tamar Malloy of the University of Colorado Boulder demonstrates how rights and protections are undermined by what she calls disciplinary respectability: the requirements that people become “respectable” in order to be considered good, moral, and worthy of protection. Her research shows that disciplinary respectability undermines both formal rights protections and social taboos against discrimination, leaving already-marginalized people vulnerable to punishment, surveillance, and exclusion on the basis of respectability.

Wednesday, April 7 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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Diversity & Inclusion

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Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public




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