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Transforming the Global Culture of Bullying into a Culture of Respect for Human Dignity
by Castleberry, Carol L., J.S.D., St. Thomas University, 2021, 277; 28319906
Abstract (Summary)

Today’s global culture of bullying is a staggering social problem that reaches into every corner of society and demands a response to its disrespect for human dignity and violation of human rights. This study aims to determine the root causes of bullying and to discover possible solutions to transform global culture to one that respects human dignity for all. The method of inquiry is the New Haven School, also known as the Policy Sciences. Its revolutionary approach draws upon the interconnectedness and interdependence of causes and results, reaching across disciplinary lines to view each problem through an aggregate lens of knowledge and perspectives. This book reads like a bullying compendium in its presentation of facts and depth of analysis, aimed at providing the reader with a complete picture. Because the causes of bullying begin in childhood, the solutions-oriented focus is on bullying in schools—the first powerful global socialization mechanism beyond family, and thus a logical place to start in crafting solutions for lifelong anti-bullying socialization. A key conclusion, however, is that anti-bullying initiatives cannot focus on schools alone. Rather, they succeed best where communities partner school programs with other related social institutions for a multi-sector, multi-level effort. Promising examples in Boston and in Scotland pave the way. Another key conclusion is that lack of uniform definitions and reporting impedes progress because practitioners and policy-makers lack the information to determine reasons and conditions for failure or success that are critical to decision-making. Both of these key conclusions are important to crafting the most effective strategies. This study concludes by recommending actions to remove these and other impediments to a public order of human dignity for all.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wiessner, Siegfried
Commitee: Pati, Roza, Lenzerini, Federico
School: St. Thomas University
Department: Intercultural Human Rights
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 82/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Public policy, Law, Social psychology
Keywords: Bullying, Human dignity, New Haven School, Policy Sciences, Violence
Publication Number: 28319906
ISBN: 9798582570394
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