Bullying, genealogy of the concept

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Bullying is a serious problem among children in schools and institutions. However, it is only relatively recently that bullying has emerged as a field of research, although the phenomenon itself has likely existed in various forms among children for as long as mankind has walked the earth. The genealogy of bullying as a concept has taken the understanding of bullying in different directions with a varying emphasis on either the roles played by individuals (victims and perpetrators) or on social and relational aspects. This short text takes us through the understandings of bullying from Peter-Paul Heinemann's introduction of the term ‘mobbing’ almost 50 years ago, linking it to everyday, human examples of harassment and social exclusion among children, through Dan Olweus' more individualistic conceptualizations starting in the 1970'ies with his book 'Aggression in Schools: Bullies and Whipping Boys' - and up till more contemporary studies focusing the social dynamics in groups as the basis for enactment of bullying practices bringing in the Danish research from the project eXbus: exploring bullying in school and their book School Bullying: New Theories in Context from 2014.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies : vol. I
EditorsDaniel Thomas Cook
Number of pages3
Place of publicationThousand Oaks, California
PublisherSAGE Publications
Publication year2020
ISBN (print)978-1-4739-4292-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5297-1438-8
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • Bullying a social phenomenon, Bulllying in school, Genealogy of the word bullying, Bullying and the individual, eXbus

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