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The trouble with bullying: deconstructing the conventional definition of bullying for a child-centred investigation into children’s use of social media
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-20, 07:26 authored by Justin CantyJustin Canty, Stubbe, M, Steers, D, Collings, S
This article deconstructs the conventional definition of bullying through analysis of its historical context, and identifies blind spots using lenses of gender, culture and setting. We explore theoretical and methodological problems associated with the conventional definition and its axiomatic use in bullying research, with particular reference to online bullying. We argue that because children may use ‘bullying’ to mean many different practices not captured in the conventional definition, using this definition often obscures the very phenomena researchers are aiming to describe. As a result, adults risk missing these practices in research and for interventions that use these studies as their evidence base.
Publication titleChildren & Society
Department/SchoolSchool of Social Sciences
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
Rights statementCopyright 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and National Children’s Bureau This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Canty, J. , Stubbe, M. , Steers, D. and Collings, S. (2016), The Trouble with Bullying – Deconstructing the Conventional Definition of Bullying for a Child‐centred Investigation into Children's Use of Social Media. Child Soc, 30: 48-58. doi:10.1111/chso.12103, which has been published in final form at 10.1111/chso.12103. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.