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Bullies and Mean Girls in Popular Culture Paperback – September 19, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0786468652 ISBN-10: 0786468653 Edition: 0th

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (September 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786468653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786468652
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrice A. Oppliger is an assistant professor of mass communications at Boston University. She is the author of books on gender and social issues and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By coachtim on December 1, 2013
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Extensively researched, it's easy to find plenty to like and learn from "Bullies and Mean Girls in Popular Culture". Written by Patrice A. Oppliger, a Boston College assistant profession of mass communication, the book contains more than two hundred references citing the way that bullying and mean-spirited behavior have been portrayed in movies, TV, literature, and other media.

The common thread running through the book is that bullying and mean behavior both tend to be sensationalized and overplayed in today's media. Sensational sells! The media tends to show bullies in a rather stereotypical way. Boy bullies are physically bigger than their victims, may come from uncaring or abusive homes, and tend to generate support or indifference from bystanders. Mean girls (who Oppliger says can be categorized 4 different ways such as mean-spirited, snobs, sexpots, and stealthy or unidentified) are not as sensationalized in media as boy bullies are, but are just as prolific.

Oppliger's concern (and rightly so) is that bullying has become so over-hyped that two common lines of thought are created. One, as children view TV sitcoms, cartoons, movies, and other forms of media during their formative years, they can become desensitized to the effect that mean behavior has on other children. Two, because bullying is such a prevalent theme in different forms of media today, parents, school officials, and other youth leaders have a tendency to label every conflict as "bullying".

Oppliger urges parents to stay active in their child's live and monitor their media viewing habits - especially those that they feel are "harmful and unhealthy social interactions".
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