Social Control and Criminal Deviance Bullying

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SOCIAL CONTROL AND DEVIANCE: BULLYING 1

Social Control andCriminal Deviance: Bullying

Bullying is a behavior that harms, humiliates and hurts a studenteither emotionally or physically and which can occur while in thecommunity, online, or at school. Barbara Coloroso argues that thereis a close correlation between bullying and genocide. According toColoroso, genocide starts at schools when students start todehumanize their schoolmates by giving them labels such as “slut&quot,&quotwhole&quot, &quotgay&quot or &quotblack.&quot

From the student guide to research, the most important step needed toanalyze and study the issue of bullying is the marshaling of solidstudies, casualties, and perpetrator testimonies as depicted byColoroso in the Ted video. It is often hard to assess whether thecontact between two or more students amounts to bullying. Therefore,it is crucial that investigators to an alleged bullying incidentinterrogate the interaction between the students to ascertain whetheran act of bullying occurred or not.

It is through marshaling solid studies, casualties, and perpetratortestimonies that the material facts of an alleged bullying incidentcan be collected. Solid studies entail substantiating facts fromlies. Likewise, perpetrator testimonies enable the investigators tounderstand what transpired during the alleged bullying incident. Onthe other hand, casualties refer to the consequences of the allegedact of bullying. For example, interrogating the alleged victim mayreveal the economic, emotional and psychological effects of thebullying incident.

There is a close relationship between bullying and agents ofsocialization. For instance, most children who turn out to be bullieswere victims of physical and emotional abuse when they young. Interms of school, most bullies do not do well academically. As aresult, they are often mistreated and ridiculed by teachers andfellow schoolmates by being labeled failures. Also, most bullies havepeers who exhibit violent behaviors. Besides, a student`s desire tobelong to a certain group may pressure him/her to engage in bullyingactivities.

Social Control and Criminal Deviance Bullying

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SocialControl and Criminal Deviance: Bullying

SocialControl and Criminal Deviance: Bullying

Themost important step in the student guide to research that would helpwith the analysis of bullying is the initial step, which involvesframing the research question. The formulation of a research questionentails a clear definition of uncertainty about an issue that givesroom for the examination, challenging or analysis in order to gatheruseful information. When initiating a research project, thedefinition of its starting point is the primary determinant of thesuccess of the entire project. The questions underpinning anyresearch project such as the analysis of bullying proffer crucialinformation that helps with the examination of the relevance andsignificance of the topic and determine whether it is researchable.The specificity and explicitness of the research question determinethe aspects of the research such as the appropriate researchtechnique, sampling and data collection methods. However, theimportance of this step in relation to the analysis of bullying comesfrom the fact that it helps in the definition of the problem. Beforethe onset of any research project, defining the problem enables theresearcher to gain a profound comprehension of the issue at hand. Theact of bullying springs from a variety of motivations, all of whichmust be understood for the researcher to formulate a better researchquestion and analyze the topic in its entirety. This step alsodefines the variables that the researcher will use in the analysis ofthe phenomenon. Thus, while analyzing bullying, the researcher willhave to define the concept and how it will be measured. The bottomline is that this step initiates the research project. Its poorconsideration advertently cripples all the succeeding steps of theresearch and may lead to wrong analytical results.

Theagents of socialization can be the instigators, perpetrators orplanners of an act of bullying. In a majority of the cases, bullyingis defined as sadism towards another person. Precisely, it stems froma situation where one person’s suffering brings joy to theperpetrator (bully). For instance, at school, peers may feel contemptfor one of their classmates or counterparts. As such, they willinstigate, plan and perpetrate an act of bullying on the particularcolleague. For example, in a case where a group of white studentsfeels hate for their non-white counterparts, they may bully them. Insuch cases, the teachers and the family also take part in thebullying indirectly. When a bullied student reports the matter totheir parents, they may encourage them to take on the bullies becausethey should be or are expected to be strong. While the parent may notbe aware of the full magnitude of the situation entirely, they areconsidered indirect instigators of bullying as they do not offertheir children a proper way of dealing with the issue, but encourageits escalation. In this case, even the teacher who assumes thatbullying is a stage in the life of the young ones is responsible.Therefore, the family and the teachers of the children areaccessories in the bullying act. Notably, every agent ofsocialization is involved directly or indirectly in the issue ofbullying. As such, the war against bullying requires a concertedeffort from all the corners and agents of socialization because theimpacts are communal.

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