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“Human beings are always drawn to some form of organization and hierarchy” says Pedro Noguera. “if you put a random group of people together, within a short time they will start to organize themselves into group, and it’s usually the alphas within the group who will lead it.”
:eaders will impose order through hierarchy, which can include the threat of ostracism and aggression.
“It’s a natural human tendency. We see happening in the world – when one country dominates the other – and on the playground,” Noguera says.
About our faculty
Pedro Noguera and Robert Cohen are faculty members in Steinhardt’s Department of Teaching and Learning.
Pedro Noguera, the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, is an urban sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment.
Robert Cohen is a professor of history and social studies, whose scholarship focuses on politics, higher education, and social protest in twentieth century America.