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MobbingCauses, Consequences, and Solutions$
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Maureen Duffy and Len Sperry

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195380019

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380019.001.0001

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Recognizing Mobbing

Recognizing Mobbing

(p.55) 4 Recognizing Mobbing

Maureen Duffy

Len Sperry

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the elements of the definition of mobbing presented in Chapter 3 are discussed in relation to how they might be recognized in everyday life. Two cases that have received widespread media coverage are used to illustrate elements of the definition of school mobbing; namely, those of Tatum Bass and Megan Meier. Additionally, an example of mobbing of board members of a condominium association is used to illustrate how mobbing occurs in a wide variety of organizations. Each of these exemplars is analyzed from the perspectives of perpetrator behaviors, purpose or intent, involvement of group and organizational dynamics, and consequences for victims. The conclusion drawn is that the intent of mobbing is to cast the target/victims in a negative light, destabilize them, and create suspicion about their worthiness as members of the organization, if not to eliminate them outright from the organization.

Keywords:   mobbing, school mobbing, everyday life, Tatum Bass, Megan Meier, condominium association, perpetrator behaviors, intent, destabilize, eliminate

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