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Political Cyberbullying

Perpetrators and Targets of a New Digital Aggression

by Sheri Bauman

 

Forty-one percent of Americans have experienced online harassment, with nearly half of those people facing severe victimization by threats, chronic harassment, stalking, and other attacks.

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November 2019

Praeger

Pages 168
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Current Events and Issues/Politics and Government
  Psychology/Social
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Politically motivated attacks are the newest type of aggression to erupt in the cyberworld, making it necessary to analyze the psychology of cyberbullying adult perpetrators, the effects on their victims, and ways we can reduce the damage.

Although cyber-aggression is not a new phenomenon, the presidential campaign and election in 2016 appeared to embolden some adults who exploited the principle of free speech to attack others for their personal characteristics or views, bringing cyberbullying into the political realm. The political climate remained toxic through 2017 and 2018, and 2019 has both enflamed the vitriolic and venomous potential of public discourse and encouraged the appropriation of personal disclosure for political ends, something likely to continue through the 2020 election and after.

In this work, psychologist Sheri Bauman, an expert on cyberbullying who has addressed audiences across the nation and internationally, summarizes the world of political cyber-aggression, its perpetrators and their psyche, and its targets and how they are chosen. She then explains steps we can take to defuse the effectiveness and the harms of these online assaults. Case studies bring primary points to life, and the clarity of the text will appeal to students, researchers, and others interested in aggression, communication, and politics online.

Features

  • Includes vignettes of actual recent political cyber-aggression
  • Considers how the President and other celebrities effect aggression
  • Explains theories of aggression and shares statistics of its incidence
  • Suggests ways to cope with and minimize the damage of political cyber-aggression
Author Info

Sheri Bauman, PhD, is a retired licensed psychologist, former school counselor, and current professor in the Counseling Graduate Program at the University of Arizona. Previously she worked in public schools for 30 years, with 18 of those as a school counselor. She authored Cyberbullying: What Counselors Need to Know, coedited Reducing Cyberbullying in Schools: International Evidence-Based Best Practices, and was lead editor of Principles of Cyberbullying Research: Definitions, Measures, and Methodology. She has also authored numerous book chapters and published many articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. She frequently presents at national and international conferences.

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