Social exclusion anxiety: bullying and the enactment of exclusion amongst children at school

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The purpose of this chapter is to introduce a thinking technology that will foster a deeper understanding of some of the more complicated social processes that emerge in the day-to-day functioning of a school classroom, with a particular focus on the interactions that culminate in bullying . The concepts I work with are the need for belonging, social exclusion anxiety and the production of contempt and dignity by both children and adults. I develop a new definition of bullying, drawing upon Judith Butler’s (1999) concept of ‘abjection’ as well as Karen Barad’s concept of ‘intra-acting forces’ (Barad 2007). My definition in this chapter contributed to the shorter definition of bullying in the Introduction (see page XX), but it is more fully developed here in relation to the types of mechanisms and processes involved. Barad’s term ‘intra-action’ helps draw attention to the mutually transformative effects of the many entangling forces that are involved in the enactment of bullying practices, and the chapter ends with a description of a few of these forces and how they may entangle.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSchool bullying : new theories in context
EditorsRobin May Schott, Dorte Marie Søndergaard
Number of pages34
Place of publicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication year2014
ISBN (print)9781107027763
ISBN (Electronic)9781139226707
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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