Sample Paper on Evolution of bullying through the agents of socialization


Bullying was once a well-defined phenomenon. However, recent contributions of the phenomenon as expanded by presses, legislators, and in popular expression have turned it into a difficult concept to comprehend as well as reconcile its absolute consequence. Conventionally, bullying is a picking or harassment of social isolates; in other words, victims who are identified in one way as of the lowest status of hierarchy (Chambliss & Eglitis, 2016). Additionally, bullying is always identified as a repetitive action of atrocity as the oppressors always domineer over the same victim. However, after watching the lecture video titled, “From schoolyard bullying to genocide” by Barbara Coloroso there is a clear indication that there is a gap between the ‘sociological eye’ and actualization of the phenomenon of bullying. Looking at bullying as it was or understood, has offered the society with inaccurate ideologies as well as inaccurate blinders, cliché, and ritualized belief.


The classic version of bullying was adopted in British boarding school where the older students were given a leeway to make their younger counterparts their servants (Rigby & Australian Council for Educational Research, 2007). This was seen as one of the ways to instill discipline into the young minds. However, with time this practice became more maliciousness, physical abuse, and commandeering the younger boy’s possessions. It was at this point that bullying as considered a form of sociological torture and restricted considering the younger boys had started indicating social strain. Nevertheless, ‘fagging’ as it was known then persisted and evolved into a prejudicial action that oppressed individuals who lacked friends or allies, and did not have the emotional energy to defend themselves. There are various cases presented by Barbara Coloroso that indicate that bullying has evolved with time and has become more dangerous with time. She indicates that “It is a short walk from bullying to hate crimes to genocide”. This is to suggest that genocide is the extreme form of bullying considering the fact that all forms of genocide actions in human history begin with hatred and dehumanizing a characteristic of bullying.

From the presentation by Prof. Barbara Coloroso, it is clear to learn that the atrocities against other human beings is evident in children behavior and needs immediate intervention. She uses the example of James Byrd Jr, Fred Mangione, and Gabrielle Molina as examples of bullying incidences that have been underplayed yet they serve a good example of how far the act can go if left unchecked. She indicated that even in the genocide the victims were seen as ‘Dogs’ and ‘Cockroaches’ factor far that is highlighted in bullying (Coloroso, 2014). From the lecture, she insists that ‘Children are watching’, a factor that she elaborates that the future generation may be hate free or hateful of other of a different race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Her sentiments are true considering the actions of 29-year-old Omar Mateen who opened fire to a group of individuals in a gay nightclub in Orlando killing 49 and wounding 58 others. In his words, Omar highlighted increased hatred towards the sexually differentiated calling them ‘Vermin’ in his 911 call he made that night (Hamm & Spaaij, 2017).

In conclusion, after a review of the video titled, “From schoolyard bullying to genocide” by Barbara Coloroso I is clear that the phenomenon of bullying has become more intricate than before. Is it clear that if the next generation of the society is not well groomed worse actions on humanity will be such as genocide or mass shootings will be expected to increase.




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Hamm, M. S., & Spaaij, R. F. J. (2017). The age of lone wolf terrorism. New York : Columbia University Press

Rigby, K., & Australian Council for Educational Research. (2007). Bullying in schools and what to do about it. Melbourne, Vic: ACER.

Chambliss, W. J., &Eglitis, D. S. (2016). Discover sociology (2nd Ed.). Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, Inc.