Disciplinary Power

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Does Disciplinary Power enforce good or bad behaviour from students in York University Accommodation?
Introduction
When looking at Foucault’s concept of disciplinary power, we looked at our own expectations compared with our actual experiences of living in university run accommodation. With most students coming to university, it is the first time that they will live on ‘their own’, without the rules and restrictions that they had when living at home with their parents, therefore a degree of freedom and independence was expected. However, we noticed that our actions were restricted by the rules imposed on us due to the acceptance of the university run accommodation. From our own experiences, we witnessed students displaying bad behavioural characteristics through resistance. This led our group to investigate the impact that the rules have on students’ behaviours and the universities use of disciplinary power to ‘control’ students’ behaviour. We also wanted to determine from the student’s perspective, the impact these controls had on their behaviour.
Methodology
There has been a lot of research conducted to study the behaviours of students and their resistance to authority, however they were not written in the students’ perspective. By investigating the behaviours of students from their perspective, it allows us to have a more accurate account of their experiences and the impact that the university’s restrictions has on them. It also enables us to determine why students either conform or resist the power. Through using a qualitative approach allowed us to get a more gathering data of human emotions and opinions. As students we were well aware that we had an inside perspective and were actively living under the universities rules. We tried to limit our subjectivity by keeping an open mind throughout the research process, therefore reducing bias.
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