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Tales of Torment, Identity, and Youth, 1st Edition

By Keith Berry


186 pages

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In this examination of the ubiquitous practice of bullying among youth, compelling first person stories vividly convey the lived experience of peer torment and how it impacted the lives of five diverse young women. Author Keith Berry’s own autoethnographic narratives and analysis add important relational communication, methodological, and ethical dimensions to their accounts. The personal stories create an opening to understand how this form of physical and verbal violence shapes identities, relationships, communication, and the construction of meaning among a variety of youth. The layered narrative

  • describes the practices constituting bullying and how youth work to cope with peer torment and its aftermath, largely focusing on identity construction and well being;
  • addresses contemporary cyberbullying as well as other forms of relational aggression in many social contexts across race, gender, and sexual orientations;
  • is written in a compelling way to be accessible to students in communication, education, psychology, social welfare, and other fields.


"The moral center of Keith Berry’s Bullied is located in his deep reflexive and empathetic capacities. This book is a must read for anyone who has ever been touch by bullying and for anyone who believes puzzling through a troubling social issue with intelligence, sensitivity, and compassion moves us closer to our better selves." – Ronald Pelias, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Speech Communication at Southern Illinois University

"With Bullied, Keith Berry continues to establish himself as an expert of youth, identity, and interpersonal communication; an advocate for personal narrative, reflexivity, and social justice; and a practitioner committed to making life better, especially for those living with tormented pasts." –Tony E. Adams, Associate Professor and Chair of Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre at Northeastern Illinois University

"This book moves beyond simple definitions and statistics, showing through rich narrative what youth bullying looks like and feels like in living color. The result is a poignant contribution that exposes the heartbreak that accompanies maltreatment, reveals the resiliency of the human spirit, and provides insight on autoethnographic methodological practice."—Sarah J. Tracy, Professor at the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter One: Bullying: A Narrative Opening to a Relational Problem

Chapter Two: Cutting Through: The Journey and Horror of Finding Self-Love

Reflexive Interlude One: The Little Professor

Chapter Three: Pure Evil Entertainment

Reflexive Interlude Two: Rope Burn

Chapter Four: Flying Tomatoes: Cruella’s Clash with the Dalmatians

Reflexive Interlude Three: Stretch

Chapter Five: Highlight Girl: Finding Strength in her Weak Soul

Reflexive Interlude Four: Of Frogs and Friends

Chapter Six: A Narrative of Bullying and Rape

Reflexive Interlude Five: Bennies on the Floor

Chapter Seven: Opened—Bullying Communication and Identities, and the Power of Stories



About the Author

Keith Berry is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida and past Chair of the National Communication Association’s (NCA’s) Ethnography Division. He currently serves as Co-Chair of NCA’s Anti-Bullying Task Force.

About the Series

Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives

Writing Lives: Ethnographic and Autoethnographic Narratives publishes autoethnographic and narrative research projects across the disciplines of the human sciences—anthropology, communication, education, psychology, sociology, etc. The series editors seek manuscripts that blur the boundaries between humanities and social sciences. We encourage novel and evocative forms of expressing concrete lived experience, including literary, poetic, artistic, critical, visual, performative, multi-voiced, and co-constructed representations. We are interested in ethnographic and autoethnographic narratives that depict local stories; employ literary modes of scene setting, dialogue, character development, and unfolding action; and include the author's critical reflections on the research and writing process, such as research ethics, alternative modes of inquiry and representation, reflexivity, and evocative storytelling.
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