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Bullying and social exclusion anxiety in schools

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In this article, I develop a new conceptual framework, a new thinking
technology, for understanding the bullying that takes place between children
in schools. In addition, I propose a new definition of bullying. This
new thinking technology reflects a shift in focus from individual characteristics
to the social processes that may lead to bullying. The social
approach theorises bullying as one of many reactions to particular kinds
of social insecurity. The concepts I develop include the necessity of
belonging, social exclusion anxiety and the production of contempt and
dignity by both children and adults. I also draw on Judith Butler’s concept
of abjection. In the last part of the article, I employ Karen Barad’s
theory of agential realism, focusing specifically on her concept of intraacting
enacting forces. The entry to the theoretical development is based
on empirical data generated in Denmark during a comprehensive
five-year study of bullying.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Pages (from-to)355-372
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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