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“Judging by the cover”: a grounded theory study of bullying towards same-country and immigrant peers

Mazzone, Angela orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-5858-8033, Thornberg, Robert orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-9233-3862, Stefanelli, Sara, Cadei, Livia orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-6335-8788 and Caravita, Simona C.S. orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-3108-1512 (2018) “Judging by the cover”: a grounded theory study of bullying towards same-country and immigrant peers. Children and Youth Services Review, 91 . pp. 403-412. ISSN 0190-7409

This study investigated students’ perspectives about bullying towards same-country and immigrant peers. Thirty-five Italian and immigrant students (age range: 11–15) took part to the study. Participants were probed with two bullying scenarios, depicting respectively a new classmate from another Italian city and from a foreign country. A Grounded Theory approach was adopted to examine participants’ perspectives about the motives for bullying. Findings showed that a process of socializing deviance is at the core of both forms of bullying. This social process refers to a series of shared beliefs within the peer group about the victim's deviant features. Three sub-categories related to both forms of bullying emerged from the core concept: (a) Rejecting the newcomer deviance, (b) Rejecting physical deviance, (c) and Rejecting personality deviance. These sub-categories were related to the sub-categories of bullying towards immigrant peers: (d) Rejecting cultural deviance, (e) and Learned racism. Findings are discussed in terms of their theoretical and practical relevance.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Constructivist grounded theory; Immigrant adolescents; Racial bullying; School bullying; Victimization
Subjects:Social Sciences > Multiculturalism
Social Sciences > Migration
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Institutes and Centres > Anti-Bullying Research Centre (ABC)
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.06.029
Copyright Information:© 2018 Elsevier
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:24567
Deposited On:11 Jun 2020 13:34 by Vidatum Academic . Last Modified 23 Jun 2021 03:30

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