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Poststructuralist and new-materialist approaches to analyses of bullying among children

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This chapter offer inspiration as to how poststructuralist and post humanist conceptualizations can be used analytically in studies of bullying in school. We base the chapter in theory developed by Judith Butler and Karen Barad with a particular attention to their contributions to understanding of complex social and subjective becomings and material-discursive intra-activity. These conceptualizations help develop analyses of empirical material produced among students, teachers, parents and school leaders during our many years of research in the project eXbus: Exploring Bullying in School (2007ffw). The eXbus-research team consisted of 8 researchers bringing psychology, education, ethnography, philosophy, law and statistics together – however our particular parts of the comprehensive studies focused in particular upon respectively the basic mechanisms in bullying practices (what produces, reiterate and/or dissolve such practices) and the interaction between school and home in relation to such mechanisms. The examples in this chapter will be taken from these two focus points. The analytical approaches that we choose to share in the text will among others point to 1. ways in which the development of theoretically informed analytical reading strategies work in relation to empirical data and 2. the use of situational maps as suggested by Adele Clarke to produce analytical points about bullying.
TitelSocial theory and health education : forging new insights in research
RedaktørerDeana Leahy , Katie Fitzpatrick , Jan Wright
Udgivelsesårapr. 2020
ISBN (trykt)9781138485754, 9781138485730
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781351048163
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2020
SerietitelCritical studies of health and education


  • Social theory, Poststructuralist analyses, Post humanist analysis, Intra-acting forces, Agential Realism-New Materialism, Grundskole, Mobning, Socialpædagogik

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