Of Sticks and Stones, Words that Wound, and Actions Speaking Louder: When Academic Bullying Becomes Everyday Oppression
Keywords: bullying, mobbing, tenure-track faculty, administration, queer theory, LGBTQ studies
AbstractThis article takes up Tyler Clementi's suicide and the "It Gets Better" YouTube campaign in response to it as occasions to complicate oppression in the context of academic workplaces. The article distinguishes "vulgar" oppression as a mass disciplining/disciplinary mechanism (like Clementi's death and the media coverage of it and the subsequent criminal trial) from "everyday" oppression as tactics (like bullying and mobbing) workers use to leverage for power and status. The author uses his own experience with everyday academic mobbing as a cautionary tale for pre-tenure and LGBTQ faculty.
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