Bullying; The Social Destruction of Self.

Author:Wuske, Melissa
Position:Book review

Laura Martocci; BULLYING; Temple University Press (Nonfiction: Social Sciences) 29.95 ISBN: 9781439910733

Byline: Melissa Wuske

Martocci's book is both compassionate and impartial, balancing the emotion surrounding bulling with the integrity of her research.

Bullying's destructive forces affect health and safety, academic and workplace success, and society as a whole, but never is its power more insidious than in tearing down individuals' identities, changing the way they see themselves and their worth. Laura Martocci uses her expertise in sociology to deconstruct the cultural, social, and historical factors that drive bullying -- and give those who've been bullied a means to shun shame and reconstruct their identities. Bullying: The Social Destruction of Self delves into the origins of bullying and identifies the path to healing.

Martocci doesn't brush off the problem or resort to pep talks; she proves that the best solutions dig to the root of the problem. By offering deep study and research into the many facets of bullying, she provides hope, showing how narrative writing allows people who've been bullied to structure their experiences and define themselves. For those whose sense of identity has been forced on them by others and whose day-to-day lives...

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