Bullying as a Social Pathology

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The study examines and explains the phenomenon of bullying in the context in which it occurs and the various agents involved. The author provides a detailed examination of the emotional lives of both bullies and their victims. This, in turn, offers readers insight into the emotional impairments that underlie violent behavior and the strategies that young people develop in order to cope.


“ ... This book is part of an international movement to understand the roots of violence and the effects on all members of the school community (children and young people, teachers, families) and on the school culture and ethos itself, and to find constructive ways to reduce it when it occurs and, if possible, to prevent it.” – Professor Helen Cowie, Director of the United Kingdom Observatory for the Promotion of Non-Violence, University of Surrey

“How many social scientists does it take to crack the riddle of bullying? How difficult can it be to come up with practical, realistic solutions to what is now recognized as a devastating social illness? In this book, Dr. Sally Henry demonstrates that researchers may have failed to solve the new puzzle, because they have not asked themselves the right questions, notably those concerning the meaning of identity, identifications, gender politics, and social power, as transmitted by parents and enforced within peer-relationships. ... If you feel you cannot ignore the current scourge of bullying, then you should not ignore this book.” – Dr. Dany Nobus, Professor of Psychology and Psychoanalysis, Head of School of Social Sciences, Brunel University

“It is refreshing that Dr. Sally Henry has produced such a considerate and robust examination of the deeper underlying causes of conflict and interpersonal relationships and how the wider societal issues and practices can have such significant impacts on the emotional well-being and development of our children and young people. Dr. Sally Henry should be applauded for what is an extensive and committed piece of work that everybody engaged in bullying prevention work should study closely and take on board.” – John Quinn, Development Director, Beatbullying

Table of Contents

Foreword by Professor Helen Cowie
Introduction – A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective
1 Psychoanalysis and Attachment Theory – A Common Ground for Understanding Bullying
2 Bullying – A Complete Picture
3 Coping with Negative Emotions
4 A Psychoanalytical Perspective
5 The Importance of Being Popular
6 Empirical Study: A General Survey
7 Qualitative Study
8 The Application of Grounded Theory
9 Quantitative Study
10 Results
11 What Does This Tells Us?
12 Concluding Remarks

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