Moving beyond the identification of aggressive behaviors to an analysis of how and why we have arrived at a culture that thrives on humiliation, she critiques the social forces that gave rise to, and help maintain, bullying. Martocci's analysis of gossip, laughter, stereotyping, and competition - dynamics that foment bullying and prompt responses of shame, violence, and depression - is positioned within a larger social narrative: the means by which we negotiate damaged social bonds and the role that bystanders play in the possibility of atonement, forgiveness, and redemption.
Martocci's fresh perspective on bullying positions shame as pivotal. She urges us to acknowledge the pain and confusion caused by social disgrace; to understand its social, psychological, and neurological nature; and to address it through narratives of loss, grief, and redemption - cultural supports that are already in place.
The book is published by Temple University Press.
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Von Tobias Am hilfreichsten 08.09.2016
Repetitive Arguments, not enough discussion
While some interesting aspects of bullying are brought up, this was the first audiobook I decided to stop 4 hours before I was through. The main problems were that the same assumptions about soceity and the reasons for bullying are repeated like a mantra without ever being challenged. This leaves modern western culture as the lone reason, with the usual suspects media and kapitalism, while older, religious societies are presented as functional. Yet, no discussion takes place how the bullying situation is in eastern cultures and how forms of bullying took place in former times. I would have expected a discussion of witch hunts and similar phenomena, which would have brought a very different view on the social theories.
Overall it felt like a one sided, unreflected repetition of the same arguments.