Bullying in schools has become the focus of a growing body of literature; however, much of that work diminishes the role of social context, social identities, and prejudices despite extensive research evidence suggesting that many victims of bullying are targeted because of an aspect of their social identity. This book demonstrates how the prevention and intervention of this phenomenon, termed identity-based bullying, is a social justice issue.
Expanding beyond bullying prevention that focuses on individual perpetrators, the book examines identity-based bullying in schools as a microcosm of larger systemic tensions and conflicts. The author utilizes a social constructivist perspective to understand the experiences of children as active agents in their own lives. She also provides an international framework to describe the impact of culture, social structures, and politics from the US and the UK. Challenges and barriers to addressing identity-based bullying are explored and recommendations are made for best practices for teachers, administrators, and mental health professionals to prevent and respond to identity-based bullying.
1. Defining Identity-Based Bullying 2. Examining Identity-Based Bullying as a Social Justice Issue 3. Understanding Identity-Based Bullying through a Social Constructivist Framework 4. Cultural Factors Influencing Identity-Based Bullying 5. Educational Structures and Policies Impacting Identity-Based Bullying 6. Challenges and Barriers to Addressing Identity-Based Bullying 7. Recommendations for Best Practices to Prevent and Respond to Identity-Based Bullying 8. Conclusion