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Title: Dangerous work: The gendered nature of bullying in the context of higher education
Authors: Simpson, R
Cohen, C
Keywords: bullying; gender; higher education
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Citation: Gender Work and Organization. 11 (2) 163-186
Abstract: This paper discusses results from a research project which set out to investigate gender differences in the nature and experience of bullying within the higher education sector. Gender differences emerged in the form and perception of bullying as well as in target response. Results also indicate that, irrespective of gender, bullies can capture and subvert organizational structures and procedures (official hierarchies, mentoring systems, probationary reviews) to further their abuse of the target and to conceal aggressive intent. These outcomes are discussed in relation to gendered assumptions behind management practices and in relation to the masculinist ethic that underpins many higher education management initiatives. Overall, results indicate that bullying cannot be divorced from gender and that such behaviour needs to be seen in a gendered context.
ISSN: 0968-6673
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Brunel Business School Research Papers

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