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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 5 Bullying and How It Works; Making Meaning


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I said, well, unless something is done I’m going to make a formal complaint. And at that point I realized that I was in a kind of an intellectual desert or I was in a critical consciousness desert, because in a faculty of education which is predicated on the principles of social justice that comment was unheard except by me.


The second level of analysis illustrates how I made sense of the findings and how I understand them. How does bullying work in faculties of education, according to the respondents? I will begin by providing examples of what the respondents had to say about it: “But within a faculty of education, you can tell when we go to a lot of conferences, we know a lot of people in faculties of education. You hear all kinds of really crazy stuff” (490).1 I choose to let the respondents speak without my comment for now.

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