Humiliating ironies and dangerous dignities: A dialectic of school pushout

Eve Tuck

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This article explores youth resistance to urban public high schools that both inadvertently and by design push out students before graduation. The author details how youth experience the institutional production of school non-completion as a dialectic of humiliating ironies and dangerous dignities, a dialectic of school pushout. The author describes how some youth position themselves in ways that are dangerous to the institution of schooling, and, at the same time, their own school careers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)817-827
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Issue number7
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • dangerous dignity
  • dialectic
  • humiliating irony
  • pushout
  • youth resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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