Bullying is a socially and culturally complex phenomenon that until now has largely been understood in the context of the individual. This book challenges the dominance of this approach, examining the processes of extreme exclusion that are enacted in bullying - whether at school, through face-to-face meetings or virtual encounters - in the context of group dynamics. Contributors draw upon qualitative empirical studies, mixed methods and statistics, to analyse the elements that allow bullying to emerge - the processes that produce exclusion and contempt, and the relations between children, teachers and parents. Introducing a new definition of bullying, this book goes on to discuss directions for future research and action, including more informed intervention strategies and re-thinking methods of prevention. Exploring bullying in the light of the latest research from a wide variety of disciplines, this book paves the way for a new paradigm through which to understand the field.
Robin May Schott is a philosopher and senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies and formerly professor for the research project eXbus at the Department of Education (DPU), Aarhus University. Dorte Marie Sondergaard is a Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Education (DPU), Aarhus University. She is the director of the research project eXbus and of the research programme for Diversity, Culture and Change.
1. Introduction: new approaches to school bullying Robin May Schott and Dorte Marie Sondergaard; Part I. Definitions and Theories: 2. The social concept of bullying: philosophical reflections on definitions Robin May Schott; 3. Social exclusion anxiety: bullying and the forces that contribute to bullying amongst children at school Dorte Marie Sondergaard; 4. Violence and the moral order in contemporary schooling: a discursive analysis Constance Ellwood and Bronwyn Davies; 5. Dispositifs of bullying Carsten Bagge Laustsen; Part II. Youth Experiences: 6. 'Who does he think she is?' Making new friends and leaving others behind - on the path from childhood to youth Hanne Haavind; 7. Non-simultaneity in cyberbullying Jette Kofoed; 8. The life and death of bullying Robin May Schott; Part III. School Talk: 9. New solutions for bullying and harassment: a post-structural, feminist approach Elizabeth J. Meyer; 10. Sanctions against bullying and disruptions at school Helle Rabol Hansen; 11. When classroom culture tips into bullying Helle Rabol Hansen, Inge Henningsen and Jette Kofoed; Part IV. Adult Perspectives: 12. Parental positions in school bullying: the production of powerlessness in home-school cooperation Nina Hein; 13. Traces of being bullied: 'dynamic effectuality' Charlotte Mathiassen; 14. 'Is something wrong with me?' A context-sensitive analysis of school bullying Eva Silberschmidt Viala; Part V. Moving Forward: 15. From technically standardised interventions to analytically informed, multi-perspective intervention strategies Dorte Marie Sondergaard; 16. One size doesn't fit all: re-thinking implementation research for bullying prevention Donna Cross and Amy Barnes.