"Bosses Are Really Mean These Days": The Discursive Politics of Representation and Blame in Workplace Bullying

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Title:
"Bosses Are Really Mean These Days": The Discursive Politics of Representation and Blame in Workplace Bullying
Author:
Tracy-Ramirez, Alexandra
Issue Date:
2010
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
Although the topic of bullying generally leads to discussions of the dynamicsbetween and among children, bullying increasingly involves complex power structuresamong adults in their workplaces. The purpose of this project is to broaden theunderstanding of workplace bullying in the United States through the critical analysis ofpopular media and U.S. legal discourses. The analysis unravels the ways in whichbullying is normalized, individualized, perpetuated and rewarded. It seeks to denaturalizethe phenomenon and situate bullying as a construction that can bedeconstructed and addressed. It interrogates the messages of resistance, agency andblame as productive and disciplinary strategies that permit bullying to operate withdiscursive and material impunity. Legal prohibitions alone will not prove to be thepanacea but, along with reframed discourses, they will help undermine the naturalizationof bullying in the workplace and open new avenues for exploring solutions andalternatives.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
gender studies; harassment; queer legal theory; workplace bullying
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Women's Studies; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Croissant, Jennifer
Committee Chair:
Croissant, Jennifer

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.title"Bosses Are Really Mean These Days": The Discursive Politics of Representation and Blame in Workplace Bullyingen_US
dc.creatorTracy-Ramirez, Alexandraen_US
dc.contributor.authorTracy-Ramirez, Alexandraen_US
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractAlthough the topic of bullying generally leads to discussions of the dynamicsbetween and among children, bullying increasingly involves complex power structuresamong adults in their workplaces. The purpose of this project is to broaden theunderstanding of workplace bullying in the United States through the critical analysis ofpopular media and U.S. legal discourses. The analysis unravels the ways in whichbullying is normalized, individualized, perpetuated and rewarded. It seeks to denaturalizethe phenomenon and situate bullying as a construction that can bedeconstructed and addressed. It interrogates the messages of resistance, agency andblame as productive and disciplinary strategies that permit bullying to operate withdiscursive and material impunity. Legal prohibitions alone will not prove to be thepanacea but, along with reframed discourses, they will help undermine the naturalizationof bullying in the workplace and open new avenues for exploring solutions andalternatives.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectgender studiesen_US
dc.subjectharassmenten_US
dc.subjectqueer legal theoryen_US
dc.subjectworkplace bullyingen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineWomen's Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorCroissant, Jenniferen_US
dc.contributor.chairCroissant, Jenniferen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMilem, Jeffreyen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMaccorquodale, Patriciaen_US
dc.identifier.proquest10926en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659754826en_US
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