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The Routledge Handbook of Communication and Bullying

1st Edition

Edited by Richard West, Christina S. Beck


316 pages

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The Routledge Handbook of Communication and Bullying provides an essential and unique analysis of bullying and anti-bullying efforts from a communication-based perspective. Drawing on communication theory and compelling empirical research, this volume offers valuable international perspectives of this pervasive concern, examined within varied contexts. In addition to providing exemplary data-based scholarship, the Handbook is comprised of first-hand accounts of those who have been bullied, adding an integral pragmatic and complementary dimension to the topic. This anthology serves as a useful resource for educators, administrators, managers, and other stakeholders who are challenged with this difficult social issue. Responding to the various charges emanating from the National Communication Association’s (NCA) Anti-Bullying Project, this collection constitutes a valuable foundation from which to draw as conversations about bullying continue around the globe.

Table of Contents


Christina S. Beck



Chapter 1: Coming to Terms with Bullying: A Communication Perspective

Richard West and Lynn H. Turner

Chapter 2: Building Better Models to Understand Bullying

Brian H. Spitzberg

Chapter 3: Communication Ethics and Bullying

Janie Harden Fritz


The Resilient You

Keith Berry


**Bullying, Culture, and Identity**

Chapter 4: Bullying and the Influence of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Personal


Tina M. Harris and Anastacia Mae

Chapter 5: How Dominant Group Members Can Transform Bullying

Robert J. Razzante, Sarah J. Tracy and Mark P. Orbe

Chapter 6: Cyberbullies, Bullying, and the Young in IndiaRajesh Kumar


Disciplining the Immigrant Body through Collective Bullying

Wilfredo Alvarez

**Workplace Bullying**

Chapter 7: Disciplining the Office: The Past, Present, and Future of Communication

Research on Bullying

Stacy Tye-Williams

Chapter 8: The Theory of Bullying Conflict Cultures: Developing a New Explanation for Workplace Bullying

Nathalie Desrayaud, Fran Dickson and Lynne M. Webb

Chapter 9: Understanding Workplace Bullying from Two Perspectives: The Case of the Persian Gulf and the United States

Renee L. Cowan and Jaime Bochantin

Chapter 10: Great Leadership in Business Does Not Compensate Idle Management in

Workplace: Leadership, Organizational Culture, and Workplace Bullying in Startups in Japan

Masaki Matsunaga

Chapter 11: Coping with Workplace Incivility: A Qualitative Study of the Strategies Targets Utilize

Jennifer S. Linvill and Stacey L. Connaughton


It’s More than Personality Clash: The Escalation of Bullying


**Bullying in the Academy**

Chapter 12: U.S. K-12 Bullying Prevention Policy: A CHAT Analysis

Geoffrey Luurs

Chapter 13: To Tell or Not to Tell: Bullied Students’ Coping and Supportive

Communication Processes

Carly Danielson and Lucas J. Youngvorst

Chapter 14: Bullying in Academia among College Professors

Alan K. Goodboy, Matthew M. Martin, Carol Bishop Mills and Cathlin V. Clark-


Chapter 15: Tensions within Bullying and Career Resilience in Higher Education

Sean Eddington and Patrice Buzzanell


Garry Bailey

**Bullying Within/Across the Lifespan**

Chapter 16: Exploring Bullying Experiences Among Immigrant and Refugee Youth in Canada

Rukhsana Ahmed

Chapter 17: Bullying Communication Across the Lifespan: Preschoolers and Senior Citizens

Thomas J. Socha and Rachel Sadler

Chapter 18: Verbal Aggressiveness as Bullying in the Emerging Adult Sibling Relationship

Scott A. Myers, Carrie D. Kennedy-Lightsey, Christine K. Anzur, James P. Baker, Mary E. Donato and Sara Pitts

Chapter 19: Bullying in Senior Communities

Loraleigh Keashly


This reflection piece is authored by a writer who has investigated and reported on numerous stories and essays related to bullies and bullying


Chapter 20: Defining Cyberbullying: Analyzing Content and Audience Reaction to Anti-Bullying Public Service Announcements

Kelly P. Dillon and Nancy R. Rhodes

Chapter 21: Examining Cyberbullying Bystander Behavior

Sarah E. Jones and Matthew W. Savage

Chapter 22: Textual Harassment as a Form of Bullying, Drama, and Obsessive Relational Intrusion

Erin Sumner, Nicholas Brody and Artemio Ramirez

Conclusion/Closing Thoughts

Christina S. Beck and Richard West


Contributor Bios


About the Editors

RICHARD WEST is Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College in Boston. At the national level, Rich is Past President of the National Communication Association (NCA) and past President of the Eastern Communication Association (ECA), the oldest professional communication organization in the country. Rich's scholarship intersects family, communication, and identity is the co-author of several books in multiple editions (IPC: Interpersonal Communication; Gender and Communication/3rd edition; Understanding Interpersonal Communication: Making Choices in Changing Times; Perspectives on Family Communication; and Introducing Communication Theory: Analysis and Applications). He is also co-author of Communication: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press) and Interpersonal Communication (Sage Publications). Rich is the recipient of various distinctions, including Emerson's Norman and Irma Mann Stearns Distinguished Professor, Illinois State University’s Outstanding Alum in Communication Studies, and NCA’s Bernard J. Brommel Award in Family Communication.

CHRISTINA S. BECK is Professor in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. Dr. Beck is Past President of the National Communication Association. As part of her Enhancing Opportunities NCA Presidential Initiative, she established the NCA Anti-Bullying Project. Beck has also served as President of the Central States Communication Association, Editor of Communication Yearbook (volumes 30-33), and Book Review Editor for Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives. Beck has published four award-winning books in the areas of health communication and gender: The Lynching of Language: Gender, Politics, and Power in the Hill-Thomas Hearings, Partnership for Health: Building Relationships between Women and Health Caregivers, Communicating for Better Health: A Guide through the Medical Mazes, and Narrative, Health, and Healing: Communication Theory, Research, and Practice, in addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies