Bullying and the Influence of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture on Personal Violations

Authored by: Tina M. Harris , Anastacia Janovec

The Routledge Handbook of Communication and Bullying

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138552357
eBook ISBN: 9781315148113
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Race/ethnicity and culture are individual and collective characteristics rarely explored regarding bullying. While research on the types, consequences, and frequencies of bullying is critical, it is also important to understand the interplay of these human characteristics in these troubling interpersonal altercations. Thus, this chapter reviews bullying literature that has specifically focused on race, ethnicity, and culture as factors influencing individuals’ bullying experiences. We anticipate that greater insight will be provided regarding this national and international phenomenon and the ways in which bullying adversely affects historically marginalized groups. These findings can potentially be used to develop and implement public policy designed to provide protection for bullying victims and programs in schools and the workplace that reduce (or prevent) the occurrence of bullying behaviors, particularly as they relate to communities typically ignored in mainstream studies.

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