The Gentle Neoliberalism of Modern Anti-bullying Texts: Surveillance, Intervention, and Bystanders in Contemporary Bullying Discourse

  title={The Gentle Neoliberalism of Modern Anti-bullying Texts: Surveillance, Intervention, and Bystanders in Contemporary Bullying Discourse},
  author={Doug Meyer},
  journal={Sexuality Research and Social Policy},
  • Doug Meyer
  • Published 2016
  • Sociology
  • Sexuality Research and Social Policy
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