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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 7 Who Is Responsible?


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I believe and again, it’s not that this is what I think is true, we have beliefs that help us in life but I believe that I or anyone could be that way. We all have the potential to be that way but part of our work is to be self-vigilant in terms of what are the mechanisms in ourselves. What are the values, what are the ways that we behave and how do we deal that? By being vigilant we can stay true to a more humanizing path so that doesn’t happen. I’m not saying that we will all be that way. I’m saying that we all have the capacity to be cruel and we all have the capacity to be mean spirited. We all have the capacity to be arrogant. It’s the reason why we have a responsibility to be vigilant and be perfective about our practices.


One may wonder whether a faculty member who has been bullied may have invited harsh criticism, or perhaps is philosophically in conflict with colleagues or leadership. It is possible that a person does not fit in and becomes ostracized. Has the bullied person contributed to the bullying in some way? Does the victim perceive the bullying or is the bully executing the bullying willfully? This study does not provide a clear answer to these questions; however, the life stories of each of the...

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