Collective Ostracism Among Youth in Korea

In Jae Lee

in International Perspectives on Youth Conflict and Development

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178425
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199958528 | DOI:
Collective Ostracism Among Youth in Korea

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Collective ostracism among Korean youth recently has become a notable social problem. Collective ostracism ranges from trivial conflicts in dissonant human relationships to violent criminal acts. The seriousness of collective ostracism is evident in the lower as well as the upper grades of elementary schools. This chapter describes the concept, causes, effects, and types of collective ostracism. Drawing on various theories and research, it offers a complex conceptualization of collective ostracism as a practice caused by the interaction of social, cultural, and psychological dimensions. It shows that collective ostracism among Korean youth is caused by the interaction of personal, psychological, educational (teacher, students, curriculum, classroom, and school environment, etc.), and sociocultural (family, social climate, youth's value system or youth culture, etc.) factors. The chapter also explains the practice of collective ostracism in terms of roles, contexts, and responsibilities to overcome it, as well as in terms of insights about the psychological orientations of bullies, victims, and bystanders.

Keywords: Korean youth; youth conflict; collective ostracism; social interaction

Chapter.  6943 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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