Keith Berry's new title wins Best Book!

Keith Berry's new book Bullied:Tales of Torment, Identity, and Youth wins Best Book in the Ethnography Division 2016 Awards for the National Communication Association

Review members had this to say:

  • Berry's beautifully crafted book integrates a few ethnographic techniques and the result is a powerful story which engages the reader as much as it instructs about a critical topic
  • Extremely important subject
  • Has very relevant pedagogical implications (e.g., how to involve students in research, how to teach about bullying and interpersonal communication, etc.)
  • Beautifully written; very evocative and moving
  • Highlights the importance of communication as a discipline
  • Potent example of the reflexivity that is required of autoethnography
  • A powerful contribution to literature on bullying
  • Packed with stories that impress more than the pages in which they are written because they are rooted in matters of social justice


Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives publishes narrative representations of qualitative research projects. The series editors seek manuscripts that blur the boundaries between humanitites and social sciences. We encourage novel and evocative forms of expressing concrete lived experience, including autoethnographic, literary, poetic, artistic, visual, performative, critical, multi-voiced, conversational, and co-constructed representations. We are interested in ethnographic 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. Proposals and manuscripts should be directed to abochner@cas.usf.edu. | See More 

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.

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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. See More