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The trouble with bullying: deconstructing the conventional definition of bullying for a child-centred investigation into children’s use of social media


Canty, J and Stubbe, M and Steers, D and Collings, S, The trouble with bullying: deconstructing the conventional definition of bullying for a child-centred investigation into children's use of social media, Children & Society, 30 pp. 48-58. ISSN 0951-0605 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and National Children’s Bureau This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Canty, J. , Stubbe, M. , Steers, D. and Collings, S. (2016), The Trouble with Bullying – Deconstructing the Conventional Definition of Bullying for a Child‐centred Investigation into Children's Use of Social Media. Child Soc, 30: 48-58. doi:10.1111/chso.12103, which has been published in final form at 10.1111/chso.12103. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

DOI: doi:10.1111/chso.12103


This article deconstructs the conventional definition of bullying through analysis of its historical context, and identifies blind spots using lenses of gender, culture and setting. We explore theoretical and methodological problems associated with the conventional definition and its axiomatic use in bullying research, with particular reference to online bullying. We argue that because children may use ‘bullying’ to mean many different practices not captured in the conventional definition, using this definition often obscures the very phenomena researchers are aiming to describe. As a result, adults risk missing these practices in research and for interventions that use these studies as their evidence base.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:bullying, childhood, children, children’s culture, definition
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Communication technology and digital media studies
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Children's services and childcare
UTAS Author:Canty, J (Dr Justin Canty)
ID Code:135163
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:Social Work
Deposited On:2019-10-03
Last Modified:2019-11-08
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