Students and a "culture of resistance" in Provincetown's schools

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Provincetown, Massachusetts is a popular multigendered tourist destination where openness to diversity is part of the school and wider community ethos. Youth encounter their hometown as a place whose cultural ethos they do not always embrace. Based on participant-observation fieldwork from 1995 to 2002, this article explores how students have developed a “culture of resistance” to dominant discourses of tolerance and acceptance. By deconstructing how schools are sites of intergroup conflicts over gender tolerance and public school ownership, student-resistance conduct is shown to be a response to perceived alienation from mainstream social norms and discourses.

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Faiman-Silva S. (2002). Students and a "culture of resistance" in Provincetown's schools. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 33(2), 189-212. https://doi.org/10.1525/aeq.2002.33.2.189