The Culture of Mean: Representing Bullies and Victims in Popular Culture (Mediated Youth 30 New edition)

The Culture of Mean: Representing Bullies and Victims in Popular Culture (Mediated Youth 30 New edition)

By: Emily D. Ryalls (author)Hardback

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The Culture of Mean is the first book-length feminist critical exploration of representations of youth bullying in media. Bringing into conversation scholarship on feminism, media, new communication technologies, surveillance, gender, race, sexuality, and class, Emily D. Ryalls critically examines the explosion of discourse about youth bullying that has occurred in the United States during the last two decades. Countering the monolithic and extreme cultural reaction to narratives about bullying, Ryalls argues that, while it seems common sense to view bullying as always wrong and dangerous, not all aggression is bullying and it is problematic to assume so, because it becomes very difficult to differentiate between healthy conflict and unhealthy (potentially violent) torment. Moreover, since the label "bullying" often does not differentiate between teasing, conflict, sexual harassment, and violence, increasingly the most common way to deal with young people accused of bullying is to criminalize their actions. Through an analysis of books, film, television, and journalistic accounts of bullying, The Culture of Mean shows how constructions of bullying in popular culture create an overly simplistic binary of good and bad people. This process individualizes the problem of bullying and disallows a more complex understanding of the structural issues at work by suggesting that putting an end to bullying simply requires incarcerating those evil teens who are prone to bullying behaviors. This critical perspective of bullying will be of interest to scholars and students interested in the fields of girls' studies, cultural studies, communication, education, sociology, and media studies, as well as parents of school-aged children.

About Author

Emily D. Ryalls received her Ph.D. from the University of South Florida. She is an assistant professor in the Communication Studies Department at California Polytechnic State University.


Acknowledgments - Mean Girls, Cyberbullying, and Bullycide: An Introduction to Bullying Culture - Empowering Ophelia: Postfeminist Empowerment in the Mean Girl Discourse - Bullies in the News: The Tyler Clementi and Phoebe Prince Suicides - "I Can Be a Bitch When I Wanna Be": Queering "Mean Boys" Through Social Aggression - The Hierarchy of Victimhood in Bully - "Beware of Young Girls": Millennial Mean Girls in Scream Queens - Prepping the Queen Bee: Mean Girls and Bad Wannabes on Gossip Girl - Trumping the Myths of Bullying - Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781433146190
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 184
  • ID: 9781433146190
  • weight: 380
  • ISBN10: 1433146193
  • edition: New edition

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