Recent Trends in School Social Control in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Kwame Akyeampong
  • Vincent Adzahlie-Mensah


This chapter draws from existing literature, analysis of school policy texts and codes of discipline, to examine the context and history of school social control in sub-Saharan Africa using some evidence from Ghana. It highlights how school hierarchies, institutional surveillance mechanisms, and the code of discipline produce school social control in the sub-Saharan Africa context. It discusses school hierarchical organization as a mechanism for control based on a case study in Ghana. The discussion examines how teachers’ own schooling and training experiences make them agents of school social control and how corporal punishment plays a key role concluding with the role that foreign languages play in controlling access to further education and future social and economic opportunities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kwame Akyeampong
    • 1
  • Vincent Adzahlie-Mensah
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SussexBrightonUK
  2. 2.University of EducationWinnebaGhana

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