Homophobic Bullying: Research and Theoretical Perspectives by Ian Rivers

By Ian Rivers

Homophobic Bullying: examine and Theoretical Perspectives offers a assessment of key stories that experience formed the way in which we view homophobia in academic contexts. utilizing theories and concepts drawn from psychology, sociology, anthropology, and ethology, this publication goals to conceptualize homophobic bullying as a build of dominant associations and teams that strengthen ideals in regards to the abnormality of homosexuality. Rivers demonstrates how bullying is a posh social technique during which perpetrators are supported by way of lively confederates, passive bystanders, and detached onlookers. Rivers additionally discusses new different types of bullying, similar to cyberbullying, and explores the theoretical and social-psychological implications of bullying utilizing new applied sciences. He discusses the demanding situations confronted via lecturers in eroding adverse, implicit attitudes within the face of socially applicable, particular expressions of those attitudes.
Included listed below are basic information drawn from numerous reviews that Rivers has performed over the last twenty years, besides discussions of key experiences carried out by means of different researchers within the US, Canada, united kingdom, Australia, and Scandinavia. Rivers explores the psycho-social correlates and capability long term results of bullying and homophobia, utilizing a number of scientific experiences as a consultant to knowing the capability damage that effects from school-based aggression. a tremendous characteristic of this e-book is the mixing of fundamental quantitative and qualitative information, case reports from mom and dad, prompt lesson plans, and stories of contemporary felony motion that spotlight the risks for college students and academics of no longer scuffling with this actual type of university violence. eventually, the ebook appears to be like to the longer term and the altering face of faculties, the slow erosion of homophobia as an permitted 'norm' inside society, and the associations that teach destiny generations. eventually, this ebook displays the examine trip of its writer and the improvement of a considerable world-wide physique of facts charting the demanding situations confronted through people who find themselves or are easily categorized lesbian, homosexual, or bisexual.

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This is a view supported by Mac an Ghaill (1994). , male) above all others (p. 1). In this study, the sociopolitical framework around which the students’ narratives were explored presented the English secondary school as one where weakness was deemed as being anything that was not masculine or heterosexual. Although Mac an Ghaill (1994) conceded that the school in which he conducted his study had recently gone through a process of reformation where education was being linked to the development of key vocational skills for all students, he argued that such a reformation had in fact resulted in the “remasculinization” of the curriculum and “the underrepresentation of female students” (p.

Although Boulton’s (1995) findings are in general agreement with those of Kelly (1988), both studies were drawn from inner-city schools with catchment areas serving large communities from the Indian subcontinent, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. , in less diversely populated areas, students from ethnic minorities may experience greater harassment as a consequence of peers’ lack of exposure to cultural/racial/religious variation). While Boulton (1995) provided an index of the number of students involved in racial name-calling (as well as providing muchneeded information about other forms of racial abuse), it was unclear how often such behaviour occurred in school.

However, he did not imply that this had been a wilful act on the part of teachers, rather that it was endemic within an educational system geared towards a more traditional view of gender roles. Mac an Ghaill (1994) has suggested that such traditional attitudes and beliefs are not only reinforced across genders, but are also being reinforced from within. For example, as previously mentioned, Askew and Ross (1988) noted in their study that a boy who portrayed behaviour 29 30 Homophobic Bullying that was anything other than aggressive when interacting with other boys would sometimes be given the label of “poof ” or “queer” by his same-sex peers because he was not living up to his gender expectations (p.

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