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Bullying : the social destruction of self
Martocci, Laura.
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Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2015.
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xii, 212 pages ; 23 cm
In her forceful social history, Bullying, Laura Martocci explores the "bully culture" that has claimed national attention since the late 1990s. Moving beyond the identification of aggressive behaviors to an analysis of how and why we have arrived at a culture that thrives on humiliation, she critiques the social forces that gave rise to, and help maintain, bullying. Martocci's analysis of gossip, laughter, stereotyping, and competition-dynamics that foment bullying and prompt responses of shame, violence, and depression-is positioned within a larger social narrative: the means by which we negotiate damaged social bonds and the role that bystanders play in the possibility of atonement, forgiveness, and redemption.
1. The cultural-historical foundations of bullying culture. A brief synopsis of cultural change -- Religion and shame : the historical possibility of redemption -- The socialization of children and the root of contemporary shame -- Constructing a social problem : bullying and the double-edged sword of the media -- 2. Social forces and bullying. Gossip -- Laughter -- Stereotypes and categories -- Competition -- 3. Shame and identity. Shame : the social mechanics of a social emotion -- Shame and anger -- The psychodynamics of anger and the neurodynamics of pain -- Guilt -- Re-visioning shame : the strengths and weaknesses of a new paradigm -- Summary -- 4. Grieving and grief work : negotiating social pain and personal loss. Traditional conceptualizations of grief -- New models of grieving and grief work -- Bullying : a special case of loss and the pitfall of rumination -- Rumination and depression : social-psychological-neurological interface -- A final note -- 5. Narrative writing and the reconstruction of self. Overview -- Storying the brain -- Expressive writing : integrating the neural, the social, and the psychological -- Storying experiences : writing chaos and the reclamation of voice -- Memory -- Narrating an audience and defining a victim : the paradox of social stories -- A final note -- 6. Tying up loose ends : challenges to bystanders, challenges of cyberspace. Everyone else : a breakdown of bystander responsibility -- Cyberspace : new dynamics, new challenges, new potentials -- Postscript : practical suggestions -- Appendix A. The uniqueness of self and personal biography -- Appendix B. The re-visioning of liberation and womanist theologies -- Appendix C. Scheff and Retzinger : the redemptive role of communication -- Appendix D. Lyn Lofland's "threads of social connectedness" -- Appendix E. The dynamics underlying expressive writing : why does it work? -- Appendix F. Traumarama!, Seventeen magazine, and prepackaged shame.

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