Bullying as a Social Experience presents data from both the US and New Zealand and draws on past research from around the world to show how social context and factors shape individuals’ behaviors and experiences. By engaging with bullying from a sociological framework, it becomes clearer how bullying occurs and why it persists throughout a society, whilst also allowing for the development of means by which the social factors that support such behavior can be addressed through intervention. An empirically rich and engaged analysis of the social factors involved in bullying at group, school and community levels, Bullying as a Social Experience will be of interest not only to social scientists working on the study of childhood and youth, bullying and cyber bullying, but also to educators and practitioners seeking new approaches to the prevention of bullying, as each chapter contains discussions concerning intervention and prevention practices and programs.
’This readable book provides an excellent introduction to recent research on school bullying. It is especially strong in discussing the social and cultural contexts within which bullying takes place. It will provide a very valuable resource for those interested in the topic, and in how to reduce bullying in schools.’ Peter K. Smith, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK ’This book offers a refreshingly sociological account of bullying without rejecting psychological dimensions. The authors present a modified social-ecological framework and portray the complex interplay between contextual and individual factors in order to understand and counteract bullying. The book will be an invaluable resource for researchers, educators, school psychologists, school counsellors and social workers in schools as they work to prevent bullying and create a healthy and safe school environment.’ Robert Thornberg, LinkÃ¶ping University, Sweden 'Bullying as a Social Experience peels away the layers of social context - from peer groups to national influences - implicated in the culture of bullying, while offering a comprehensive review of the scientific literature on school-based aggression.’ Robert Faris, University of California, Davis, USA