School Shootings, Crises of Masculinities, and the Reconstruction of Education: Some Critical Perspectives



There are many causes to the explosion of events such as the Columbine and Virginia Tech massacres and subsequent school shootings. Complex historical events such as the Virginia Tech, Columbine, and other school shootings, require a multiperspectivist vision to interpret key factors that constitute the constellation from which events can be interpreted, explained, and understood. The causes of school shootings involve a range of apparently disparate factors such as male socialization and ultramasculine male identities, gun culture and militarism, and a media culture that promotes violence and retribution while circulating and sensationalizing media spectacle and a culture of celebrity. In this chapter, I present a critical diagnostic of school shootings that suggests preventative measures such as the reconstruction of masculinities and schooling.


Federal Communication Commission Virginia Tech Critical Pedagogy School Violence Hegemonic Masculinity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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