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Politics, Pedagogy and Power

Bullying in Faculties of Education


Eelco B. Buitenhuis

Politics, Pedagogy and Power: Bullying in Faculties of Education is the result of research seeking to find explanations for bullying between faculty members in faculties of education around the world. The frank and devastating revelations of professors are shocking and painful, screaming for interrogation. Bullying in faculties of education is a strange phenomenon because anti-bullying programs abound while the behavior occurs at a significant number of faculties of education. The research finds that factors in leadership and neoliberal politics cause this odd phenomenon. Other causes were found in the problematic position of education in the academic world. The underdog position academics in education find themselves in works both ways: notions of being of less importance than any other science are mirrored in feelings people working in education have about themselves. In this research a bricolage is executed, the methodology that intelligently joins research methods driven by the growing understanding of the problem of bullying between professors in education. This makes Politics, Pedagogy and Power a useful guide in methodology classes. This book is a perfect textbook for leadership programs in higher education, because it deals with good and bad leadership and issues of power.


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Chapter 1 What? Teachers Are Bullying Teachers?


· 1 · what? teachers are bullying teachers? It’s a bit like Hamlet’s father. One is constantly haunted by the experience. And one is constantly looking over the shoulder to see if it is going to happen again. So therefore, one’s everyday job becomes contoured and coloured by those experiences. You don’t do the job in the same way. You don’t do the job with the same fierce passion or with the joie de vivre, like you should realize that somebody out there who can take a potshot so you become a hyper vigilant. It’s what Foucault talks about or Bentham talks about as the Panopticon. You start to self-surveil as a form of protection. (from interview with yew) About twenty years ago, before documentaries about animal behavior perme- ated YouTube, I visited the local zoo with my children. At some point, we came across the cage with the little capuchin monkeys. Our attention was drawn to the cage because screaming burst from it. Arriving at the scene, we saw that one monkey was being chased by a few of the others. After a long race over the fences, branches, and even the ceiling of the cage, the victim found refuge in the water pool. This was apparently a good spot because the others did not follow him there. The chasers were three in number, but the rest of the flock encouraged them, or helped by trying to hit the monkey on the run whenever he passed them. We had a good...

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