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The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America's Schools

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- "A coherent, heartbreaking narrative of how bullying works." - The Boston Globe - "The author writes with clarity and compassion... offers an opportunity for us to examine, discuss, and consider the world." - Kirkus Reviews - "Resists pop-psychology profiling... a searing indcitment of the cultures of cruelty, entitlement and indifference." - Michael Kimmel, author of Gu ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published March 2012 by NYU Press
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Jenny GB
Jun 14, 2012 Jenny GB rated it really liked it
This book is an incredibly important read for parents, schools, and communities. I started out skeptical of this book. I had my own high school experiences and I've taught in three or four schools since that time. The examples she provides at the beginning of the book of bullying seemed unreal to me. I'm suspicious of her samples of students and the fact that most of them are probably from one secluded area of the Northeastern U.S. I certainly never experienced people who must own Hummers and Pr ...more
Sep 19, 2012 Greta rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
All I could think while reading the first 1/3 of this book is "this is exactly why it is so important that DOMA is overturned." I had never known enough about US school shootings (or how very many there have been in the past 30 years) to know how large a role taunts and insinuations of insufficient masculinity or outright gay bashing -- of boys who weren't gay -- played in eroding the coping abilities of boys who ended up becoming shooters. Eradicating legal discrimination at the federal level w ...more
MaryEllen Elizabeth Hart
“The Bully Society” was written by Jessie Klein as a Social Studies and Criminal Justice Professor at Aldelphi University concerned with the quantity of bullying and hate crimes in United States. “The Bully Society” cites and categorizes many stories (166 shooting between 1979 and 2009) of students facing “hell” on their school campuses and recounts their challenges to cope as well as .

Jessie researched a “small portion” (Howe and Lisi Pp 171-172) of all bullying and hate crimes between 1979 an
Peter Mcloughlin
School shootings although still somewhat rare have been increasing for four decades. In the 70s there were less than 30 in the eighties that figure nearly doubled and doubled again in the 90s, it didn't double in the 2000s but it increased nonetheless. Often a shooting will burst into the headlines sometimes with a mention of the shooter being an outcast who was bullied but that's about as far as the inquiry into motive goes. Bullying is the subject of this book and appears to be the primary imp ...more
Sam Diener
Jan 08, 2013 Sam Diener rated it really liked it
The book's analysis of the crucial roles of gender policing, racism, gay bashing, "slut" shaming, teen dating violence, and flamboyant heterosexuality play in the motives of school shooters -- and much school bullying -- is a crucial addition to the literature.

I wish her analysis of anti-bullying intervention programs was as insightful. She doesn't critique some of the existing programs much for failing to address these crucial sexist dynamics, and she doesn't mention many of the excellent progr
Oct 22, 2012 May rated it really liked it
A powerful analysis of bullying that addresses the underlying problems of a capitalist consumer-based culture, hypermasculinity, and the ineffectiveness of telling bullying victims to just deal with it. I loved the fact that Klein, unlike many who write and talk about bullying, looks past the "kids will be kids" trope to really look at the socialization taking place in schools and elsewhere. On the other hand, her contention that parents just aren't capable of fighting a $12 billion marketing in ...more
This is a very sobering look at the chaos of the modern American schooling system.

In a way, it is very much like a prison (and those are catastrophic already). Klein characterizes many of the bullies as having 'hyper-masculine' instincts. Apathetic to authority, a need to 'show off' to others through conquests physical and romantic. Economic and social status. Incredible pressure to compete, or conform, or hide. Basis of gender, sexual orientation, physical appearance as major factors for being
Nov 21, 2014 Rachael rated it liked it
I thought it was a little repetitive and I don't always agree with trying to compare the United States to Europe or most other countries. Many other countries are so much smaller in human population and don't have the variety of cultures like the US. Bullies are everywhere but especially within places where people are afraid of what they don't understand. The US is built from cultures of countries all over the world and instead of being afraid of them we need to learn to embrace them and underst ...more
Matthew Valdez
Oct 11, 2016 Matthew Valdez rated it liked it
Here's the thing: this book has a lot of valuable information in it concerning School Shootings and the different types of bullying. Extremely valuable information to have or know about in some way. I just didn't like the fact that the author seemed sympathetic toward the shooters and justifying their actions. Like, I don't care if they got good grades or not. I don't care if they got scholarships. They killed people, and that should never be justified.
Aug 17, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it

This is a must-read for every teacher, administrator, and parent. Klein studied school shootings over 30 years and elucidates the similarities among them, particularly the gender and sexuality pressures at play. She offers ways we can create kinder schools and cyber-spaces for America's children and shares the many responses to school violence in Europe -- which are starkly variant from ours.
Geneva Nemzek
May 08, 2012 Geneva Nemzek rated it really liked it
This book was phenomenal. I recommend it to anyone who is going into education as a career. Actually, I honestly recommend it to everyone. It's very powerful and informative - and it gives ways to fix the problem at hand. It takes a look at a crisis in America and analyzes it in ways that are compelling and scary. Such a great read.
Cathi Isza
Jul 12, 2012 Cathi Isza rated it it was amazing
This awesome book explains the heartbreak of bullying and what is going on in today's schools. If you were ever bullied it's a must read of what is still going on and even worse than when I was in school.
Sep 01, 2013 Kayris rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
Well written, but so depressing I returned it to the library without finishing it.
Liz  Meyer
Sep 16, 2013 Liz Meyer rated it really liked it
Shelves: scholarly-stuff
Review forthcoming in "men & masculinities"
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Jan 08, 2013 Pierre rated it liked it
Neat book explaining the link between violence in our society and bullying in our schools. Lots of case studies outlining types of bullying, but the book is short on solutions.
Apr 25, 2015 Michelle rated it liked it
I very much enjoyed the statistics and the comparisons between the way Europe and America handle things.
Jennifer Stone
Dec 10, 2015 Jennifer Stone rated it really liked it
This was a very informative book. The content was dark, as it is a dark subject, but you start to see the toxicity that is festering in the school system and beyond. Well written book.
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