Sociological Perspective On Bullying

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In most cases, when we think about bullying it is approached from a psychological perspective but there is a sociological perspective that is not talked about as much. Sociologists study actions and relationships in terms of the social contexts in which people live their lives. In other words, sociology is the study of society and social interactions. Psychologists study behaviour in terms of the attributes and processes inside each individual. They focus on the people involved in the situation rather than the situation as a whole. The essential difference between the psychology of bullying and the sociology of bully is that sociologists look at the act of bullying while psychologists look at the bully and victim. Sociologists think that looking at the act of bullying is …show more content…

They tend to avoid the particular word “bullying” and instead use the term “aggression” in kids. Thus, when studying bullying in a sociological approach, no specific definition is used, unlike in the psychology approach. Sociologists look through this lens they call the sociological imagination. By doing so, they are able to examine what influences behaviour, attitudes, and culture and it helps individuals understand their own and others' lives in relation to history and social structure (Mills, 2000). The sociological lens helps sociologists look at bullying as it gives us information about why people bully or why people get bullied. We examine the behaviours of social structures that cause people to bully others. For example, sociologists will study more in-depth why society thinks certain individuals are lower in the hierarchy. Those who are lower in status and hierarchy are more likely to be bullied as society sees them as “losers”. Sociologists would research why that concept became a thing. What in society made people that are lower in status become

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