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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Kysa Nygreen

Subject Categories

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Community-Based Learning | Community-Based Research | Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Educational Sociology | Humane Education | Other Education | Other Teacher Education and Professional Development | Politics and Social Change | Race and Ethnicity | Secondary Education | Secondary Education and Teaching | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education | Sociology of Culture | Teacher Education and Professional Development


Based on a 3-year ethnography, this dissertation documents the story of Presente, an explicitly critical youth-led restorative justice group attempting to dismantle the school-prison nexus and create a more youth-centered culture at their high-reform high school. This dissertation addresses the questions: How does serving as a restorative justice peer leader impact students? What challenges and opportunities arise as the school tries to transition to more restorative practices? And how do the values central to restorative justice come up against, challenge, and get challenged by neoliberal education reform?


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