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Delinquent subcultures and their role in the school culture : a case study of eighth grade students.

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. D. Daniels en_US
dc.contributor.author Kekana, Mantime Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-17T13:38:06Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-17T13:38:06Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-17
dc.date.submitted 1999
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/6146
dc.description M.Ed. en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to find out about the delinquent subcultures that exist in secondary schools and their effect on the culture of learning and teaching. By means of intensive investigation conducted through observation, questionnaire and interviews, qualitative data about the existence of three delinquent subcultures at Setjhaba-sohle secondary school was gathered. From the data collected it was evident that there are delinquent subcultures whose beliefs, norms, values and activities are working against the school culture. Their existence is a result of a reaction to the frustrating situation caused by the home, the school, the society and peer group during the process of socialisation. The findings revealed that there are background factors which force youths into delinquent subcultures. This suggests that if the socialising stimuli to which a developing child is exposed could be corrected, then the disorganisation caused by these subcultures could be kept to its minimum level. The interviews, observation, and questionnaire conducted at Setjaba-sohle secondary school revealed the existence of three delinquent subcultures, namely, Makoloane, Matariana, and Mapantsola. Under pressure from their peer groups, together with background factors, these groups had formulated their own values, norms and actions which are different from the school culture. The conclusion reached is that the type of delinquent subcultures at school is determined by the type of community that the school serves. The existence of these subcultures result as a reaction to malfunctioning and disintegration of the community. If the community can re-integrate, unite and help one another, the circular causality of contributing factors to delinquency can be kept to a minimum. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Juvenile delinquency en_US
dc.subject Education, Secondary - South Africa en_US
dc.subject Subculture en_US
dc.subject Deviant behavior en_US
dc.title Delinquent subcultures and their role in the school culture : a case study of eighth grade students. en_US
dc.type Mini-Dissertation en_US


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