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Homophobic BullyingResearch and Theoretical Perspectives$
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Ian Rivers

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195160536

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160536.001.0001

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Theorising Bullying

Theorising Bullying

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Homophobic Bullying

Rivers Ian

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the question is posed, why does homophobic bullying or indeed any type of bullying exist? Does bullying, for example, represent a form of ‘power’ that has its origins in the competition for resources among individuals and groups? Is it dependent upon factors such as physical strength, size, ability or force of personality among individuals; or are the hierarchical structures within societies the cause where the numerical majority have the power to determine the conditions and limitations under which the numerical minority coexist? Furthermore, how is such ‘power’ socially and culturally defined? Who determines what is acceptable in terms of behaviour and, more particularly, what is not?

Keywords:   scapegoating, labelling, social identity, social categorisation, in-group, out-group, deindividuation, social ranking, status

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