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Confronting the Demon : A Gospel Response to Adult  Bullying - Gerald A. Arbuckle

Confronting the Demon

A Gospel Response to Adult Bullying

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9780814630167
Number Of Pages: 152

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Bullying is not something confined to school children. It is a widespread abuse found in families, workplaces, organizations (including churches), and beyond. Confronting the Demon focuses on the nature and types of contemporary bullying and what the Christian Scriptures advise to prevent it.

Bullying is a quality of most forms of violence, including racial, religious, and sex-based discrimination; sexual, physical, and psychological abuse; persecution and terrorism. This book focuses on such contemporary examples as the 2001 terrorist attacks, hate crimes around the world, sexual abuse, particularly among the churches, and cultures which promote bullying. Questions at the end of each chapter help people examine their own vulnerability to the vice of bullying and relate the context of its nature, meaning, and power to their own lives.

Chapters are Adult Bullying: Definition and Types," *Bullies and Victims, - *Cultures of Bullying, - and *A Gospel Response. -

Gerald A. Arbuckle, SM, PhD, is the co-director of Refounding and Pastoral Research Unit, Sydney, Australia. He is the author of From Chaos to Mission: Refounding Religious Life Formation, Healthcare Ministry: Refounding the Mission in Tumultuous Times and Violence, Society, and the Church published by Liturgical Press.

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This would make an interesting book for discussions at home/school meetings or other church groups.Catholic Library World Readers will be challenged to explore more deeply what they believe, what a belief is based upon, and is it time to alter that belief in any way.Catholic Library World . . . it offers new perspectives on adult behavior. It can encourage the reader to question behaviors once taken for granted.Catholic Library World 'Bullying' is defined here in very wide terms - not just the rude behavior of kids in the schoolyard, but practically all forms of abusive power and violence, from the assault of 9/11, to office-place chauvinism. Arbuckle gives defining examples of such behavior and relates it to a wider social context and culture. He then offers a biblical theology that counters such a misuse of power in relationships.The Bible Today [Arbuckle] examines what the Christian Scriptures teach us about the evil of bullying, and what we need to do to counteract it in our own lives and the world in which we live.New Testament Abstracts

Introductionp. 9
Adult Bullying: Definition and Typesp. 17
What does "bullying" mean?p. 17
Bullying is an abuse of powerp. 20
Bullying is an act of violencep. 23
Five common types of bullies in the workplacep. 25
Other types of bullying in the workplace and beyondp. 32
Summaryp. 38
Questionsp. 38
Bullies and Victimsp. 39
The characteristics of a bullyp. 39
Sex differences in bullyingp. 44
Prejudice, discrimination, and bullyingp. 46
The impact of bullying on victimsp. 54
The similarity between suffering from bullying and post-traumatic stress disorderp. 59
Biblical reflectionsp. 60
Summaryp. 62
Questionsp. 63
Cultures of Bullyingp. 65
Defining "culture"p. 67
Three models of cultures which promote bullyingp. 70
Summaryp. 93
Questionsp. 94
A Gospel Responsep. 95
Five principles for preventing bullyingp. 97
Five practical ways victims may respond to bullyingp. 122
Five practical ways non-victims may assist victimsp. 130
Summaryp. 132
Questionsp. 133
Further Readingp. 135
Notesp. 138
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ISBN: 9780814630167
ISBN-10: 0814630162
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.21