International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Violence in the School Context and Teacher Malaise in Times of Decline of Authority
Murilo Oliveira Marquez, Flávia Tavares Beleza

This article analyzes the phenomenon of violence in the school context and its relationship with the repositioning of the role of authority in contemporary times, recognizing the challenge involved in the study of the theme of violence, given its multiple definitions and approaches. The concepts between aggressiveness and violence were distinguished from the psychoanalysis perspective to emphasize the latter as an expression of an impotence to symbolize an intense malaise in the face of helplessness. Then, it was discussed how the teachers’ struggle with sustaining the paternal function can produce violent acts by students as an expression of a social symptom, generating silencing, provoking the stigmatization of certain groups and individuals, and deteriorating the social bond. In this context, the motivations for teachers' malaise were unveiled as well as the possibilities of coping with violence with the practice of listening to transform the dynamics of the social bond in schools.

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