Publication Date

April 2019


Sonali Chakravarti, Khalil Johnson


American Studies (AMST)


English (United States)


This work takes a historical and sociological approach to analyzing truancy in order to explore the possibility of skipping school as a form of resistance to the injustices and insufficiencies of public education. In particular, the project works against dominant narratives of truancy found in policy discourse that label skipping school as a deviant or pathological behavior, instead insisting that decisions not to attend school must be considered in the context the historical trauma of schooling for youth of color, the increasingly carceral and punitive nature of schools, and the role our education system plays in reproducing racial and economic inequality.



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