Harvard Educational Review
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    Safe Routes to School?

    Black Caribbean Youth Negotiating Police Surveillance in London and New York City

    Derron Wallace
    In this article, Derron Wallace examines how Black Caribbean youth perceive and experience stop-and-frisk and stop-and-search practices in New York City and London, respectively, while on their way to and from public schools. Despite a growing body of scholarship on the relationship between policing and schooling in the United States and United Kingdom, comparative research on how students experience stop-and-frisk/search remains sparse. Drawing on the BlackCrit tradition of critical race theory and in-depth interviews with sixty Black Caribbean secondary school students in London and New York City, Wallace explores how adolescents experience adult-like policing to and from schools. His findings indicate that participants develop a strained sense of belonging in British and American societies due to a security paradox: a policing formula that, in principle, promises safety for all but in practice does so at the expense of some Black youth. Participants in the ethnographic study learned that irrespective of ethnicity, Black youth are regularly rendered suspicious subjects worthy of scrutiny, even during the school commute. 

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    Derron Wallace is an assistant professor of education and sociology at Brandeis University with joint affiliations in the African and Afro-American Studies and Social Justice & Social Policy programs. He is a sociologist of race, ethnicity, and education who specializes in cross-national studies of inequalities and identities in urban schools and neighborhoods, focusing specifically on the experiences of young people of African descent. His work has appeared in journals such as Sociology: The Journal of the British Sociological Association, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Disability & Society, and Gender and Education. His research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Gates Cambridge Trust, the Marion & Jasper Whiting Foundation, and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. Before joining the Brandeis faculty, Wallace served as a professional community organizer in London, working on youth safety, living wage, fair housing, and immigrant rights campaigns.
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    Fall 2018 Issue

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    Safe Routes to School?
    Black Caribbean Youth Negotiating Police Surveillance in London and New York City
    Derron Wallace

    Book Notes

    Negotiating Opportunities
    Jessica McCrory Calarco

    “Why We Drop Out”
    Deborah L. Feldman, Antony T. Smith, and Barbara L. Waxman

    Mi Padre
    Sarah Gallo