Pinning the Tail on the Donkey: Conceptualizing, Identifying, and Responding to Bullying

Faye Mishna

in Bullying

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199795406
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949687 | DOI:
Pinning the Tail on the Donkey: Conceptualizing, Identifying, and Responding to Bullying

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A review of underlying factors that are encompassed within the phenomenon of bullying are described in this chapter. Children and adolescents both engage in and are victimized through a number of aggressive/violent and offensive behaviors and attitudes that are often encompassed within the term bullying. Bullying can be influenced by individual characteristics, social interactions, and cultural sanctions and conditions. Bias-based bullying results from and reinforces discrimination towards minorities and marginalized groups, based on certain characteristics, thereby threatening appreciation of diversity. Bias-based bullying includes sexual harassment, racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of prejudice, discrimination and aggression/violence towards groups and populations. The incidence of bias-based bullying is high and children and youth who belong to marginalized groups or minorities are generally vulnerable to being victimized by peers. This chapter underscores the necessity to understand and address these problems in working with children and youth who are bullied and who bully.

Keywords: bias-based bullying; sexual harassment; racism; sexism; homophobia; prejudice; discrimination; marginalized groups; minorities

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