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

@article{Meyer2016TheGN,
  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},
  year={2016},
  volume={13},
  pages={356-370}
}
  • Doug Meyer
  • Published 27 May 2016
  • Sociology
  • Sexuality Research and Social Policy
The author argues for the concept of "gentle" neoliberalism to account for how discourse in anti-bullying texts has increasingly presented itself as gentle and kind, while simultaneously reinforcing systems of surveillance and control. Results, based on a grounded theory analysis of 22 anti-bullying books, reveal that the texts generally decoupled bullying from power relations based on sexuality, overlooking homophobia and heteronormativity and marginalizing the experiences of lesbian, gay… 
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