- Series: Intersections
- Hardcover: 318 pages
- Publisher: NYU Press; 1 edition (March 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0814748880
- ISBN-13: 978-0814748886
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America’s Schools (Intersections) 1st Edition
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"Readers wanting an in-depth explanation of what’s behind school bullying will get that and much more in The Bully Society. Professor Klein has rendered an exceedingly thorough analysis of the bullying and hate crimes and shootings that have shocked America in the last decade or so. In addition, Dr. Klein makes a compelling argument that the causes of bullying are rooted in the American culture itself—an obsession with masculinity and hyper-individualism that promotes competition over collaboration and denies young people the kinds of authentic bonding experiences that encourage the development of healthy self-esteem."-New York Journal of Books
"Written for a diverse audience, this is an important read for higher education as a teaching tool, for training educators in today's schools, and for helping to appropriately respond to the phenomenon of bullying in today's schools. Destined to emerge as an important text."-CHOICE
"Klein, a former school counselor who now teaches sociology and criminal justice, forms a coherent, heartbreaking narrative of how bullying works."-The Boston Globe
"In this thorough examination of the connection between bullying and three decades of school shootings in America, Adelphi University professor Klein presents a compelling case that the strict gender rules by which American children and teenagers are unfairly forced to live are the driving factors in school violence."-Publishers Weekly
"A scholarly, insightful commentary on aggression and violence within peer groups....this title is highly recommended for professional shelves and teacher training courses."-VOYA
"Taking the horrific rampage school shootings as a starting point, Jessie Klein resists pop-psychology profiling, and instead lets the events ramify outwards, to a searing indictment of the cultures of cruelty, entitlement and indifference in which those acts take place."-Michael Kimmel,author of Guyland
"The Bully Society is riveting and powerful—Jessie Klein uncovers the roots of depression, school shootings, and other despair in American schools and offers brilliant and doable solutions. This amazing and hopeful book is a clarion call to all concerned about children; parents, professionals, anyone working with youth should read it. Jessie Klein led the team that helped launch me from being homeless to Harvard University; and she got everyone from my class (from an at-risk public high school) into a 4-year college—most with full scholarships. Surely her book can spearhead a movement for peaceful schools in America and her successes can be replicated. The Bully Society is poignant and timely at a moment when everyone should be listening. Frankly, we can't afford not to. The stories Klein tells are heartbreaking. She knows what it takes to create compassionate communities where students thrive—and what must be done to dismantle the more common school bully cultures. A must read for everyone who wants to see American students move from a sea of fear, anxiety, and rage to flourish academically, socially, and psychologically. The Bully Society points the way for students (and schools) to develop their full potential."-Liz Murray,author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of My Journey from Homeless to Harvard
"Exceptionally readable, abundant examples, and full of salient suggestions for social change; no future discussion of this topic can afford to ignore The Bully Society."-James W. Messerschmidt, author of Hegemonic Masculinities and Camouflaged Politics
"The author writes with clarity and compassion... she offers an opportunity for us to examine, discuss and consider the world we have created for our children."-Kirkus Reviews
"This powerful, necessary book shows how the epidemic cruelty of young people generates many of the social problems that are undermining American society. In pondering what it means to be a bully and to be the victim of a bully, Jessie Klein shows why our schools are failing us, explains crimes long viewed as inexplicable, and offers a stunning indictment of laissez-faire attitudes toward children. Her book illuminates a very dark problem, and proposes solutions that, if we are brave enough to adopt them, might be transformative not only in the lives of suffering individuals, but also in the health of the nation. I wish everyone around me had had this book to read when I was bullied as a child."-Andrew Solomon,author of The Noonday Demon
"[C]arefully researched, well written, and compelling read...It offers important evidence that can offer deeper understandings of the issues influencing youth violence in American culture and valuable recommendations for future research and action to reduce these harmful factors in our schools and communities." -Men and Masculinities
"The Bully Society is a remarkably accessible book and can be read both by students, teachers, and parents. It is an important tool to use when combating bullying in high schools."-Metapsychology
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The only part of the debate that I don't understand is the view that armed guards are not necessary. In view of the number of innocent people who have died at the hands of these murderers, I can see no alternative. If they ask for former military members to patrol the halls of our schools, count me in.
And many of the parents are big bullies too.
There is an entire hierarchy in our schools today and this is important to know because it is the law in America that all kids go to school until they are 18 which means, our kids are there 5 days/week, 6+ hours a day. So for most of our kids that school is the center point of their lives. What goes on at school IS setting the standards for our kids. And the schools survive & thrive on the Bully Culture.
People, I am begging you, read the book. It's frightening. Oh that must be why there are only two other reviews. Nobody is reading the book. I guess people don't read the important stuff? I guess Facebook and other trivial nonsense is more important? I really don't know and I really don't want to judge, I just want to get your attention although as a parent in the trenches with a few kids in middle and high school, I see what is going on, I see my kids getting bullied, I see my kids bully back in retaliation, I see the damage it causes and the scars that the kids carry for life. I see an overabundance of lonely, unconnected kids. I see kids on the school grounds and they don't talk, they text even to the person sitting right next to them. How stupid is THAT? But this is the culture now. These kids are too young to adequately or correctly process what is occurring. All they know is that they hurt and they are desperate to be accepted .. which for some means, at any cost.
I can't put the book down. The stories and statistics are horrifying and I believe they are true. The bullying incidents, the shootings & violence, the suicide rates are shooting up with these kids. Their lives are filled with nonsense and bullying. Our culture condones it in many ways. It has to stop. Just look at the national news today, the school shooting in Newton, CT, yesterday. IT HAS TO STOP.
Parents cannot be ignorant anymore. And parents have to stop being a part of the whole thing too. Bullying is everywhere. Other countries look at us and scratch their heads. The headline today in the LA TIMES was 'Shocked at the Shooting'. Well no, I'm not shocked. I'm saddened. But not shocked.
How much sadder can that comment be.
I implore everyone, read the book. Buy it or find it at the library but READ IT.
It is quite distracting when reading.