oa Alternation - Black boys with bad reputations

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



In the West in recent years, boys have been the subject of a moral panic fuelled by their apparently poorer educational performances than girls (see Epstein et al. 1998). In South Africa there is also a moral panic about boys, but this centres on black boys and young men and focuses not on educational underachievement (though there is much recent evidence to suggest that black schoolboys are performing more poorly than black girls and certainly much worse than white and Indian boys) but on the presumed anti social and delinquent nature of young black males (Pattman & Khan 2007).

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