Schools, separating parents and family violence: a case study of the coercion of organisational networks

Saltmarsh, Sue and Ayre, Kay and Tualaulelei, Eseta ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8393-7015 (2021) Schools, separating parents and family violence: a case study of the coercion of organisational networks. Critical Studies in Education. pp. 1-18. ISSN 1750-8487

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Abstract

This paper considers how complex family circumstances such as parental separation, custody disputes and family violence intersect with the organisational cultures and everyday practices of schools. In particular, we are concerned with the ways that coercive control – a strategy used predominantly by men to dominate, control and oppress women in the context of intimate partner relationships – can be deployed to manipulate and coerce the organisational networks of schools into furthering abusive agendas. Informed by cultural theory and research from sociology of education, legal studies, criminology and family violence, we show how what we term the ‘coercion of organisational networks’ (CON) both relies upon and exploits systemic misogyny and gendered unequal relations of power. These issues underpin institutional strategies often used by schools to keep parents – and mothers, in particular – at a distance. When affected by separation, divorce and family violence, being positioned in problematic terms can create additional risks for women and children. We argue that without adequate understandings of coercive control as practices within a broader constellation of systemic misogyny and gender inequalities, and in the absence of organisational cultures committed to addressing these, schools are considered complicit in perpetuating family violence and its effects.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 10 May 2021 00:53
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2021 05:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coercion of organisational networks; schools; coercive control; family violence; gender
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390203 Sociology of education
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390499 Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3999 Other Education > 399999 Other education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160202 Gender aspects in education
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1699 Other education and training > 169999 Other education and training not elsewhere classified
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160299 Schools and learning environments not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17508487.2021.1919165
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41943

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