Reimagining school bullying: Discussing the analytical implications of socio-cultural understandings of school bullying

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This symposium discusses theoretical perspectives on bullying that serve to expand the ways in which school bullying can be understood and addressed. After many years of bullying research focusing on the individuals involved and their specific character traits, much contemporary research - perhaps particularly in the Nordic countries - has shifted focus onto the social and cultural processes involved in the production of bullying behaviour and patterns. The symposium will continue this shift and conceptually illuminate the social context of bullying and the ways in which this context is interconnected with broader societal and institutional contexts and associated distinctions based on, for example, gender and sexuality.

Together, the presenters and discussant will embark on a reimagination of school bullying as a complex and socially enacted phenomenon and discuss where the trajectories into further elaboration of bullying research may lead. The symposium will provide a conceptual space wherein questions about the experience and impact of social exclusion and social death, the dynamics of shame and humour, the impact of digital belonging and relating, as well as the importance of societal and institutional contexts can be asked and future perspectives on bullying research can be elaborated.

By also discussing some of the practical implications of these analytical approaches and foci, the symposium will contribute to a forward-thinking discussion of the ways in which increasing theoretical reimagining can help to reframe the ways in which we think about, respond to, and work to prevent bullying behaviour in schools.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year5 Jun 2019
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2019
EventWorld Anti-Bullying Forum 2019 - Dublin City University, Institute of Education, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 4 Jun 20196 Jun 2019
Conference number: 2


ConferenceWorld Anti-Bullying Forum 2019
LocationDublin City University, Institute of Education
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