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Gender Regulation, Violence and Social Hierarchies in School

'Sluts', 'Gays' and 'Scrubs'


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Victoria Rawlings
    Pages 1-16
  3. Victoria Rawlings
    Pages 17-30
  4. Victoria Rawlings
    Pages 31-78
  5. Victoria Rawlings
    Pages 79-155
  6. Victoria Rawlings
    Pages 157-241
  7. Victoria Rawlings
    Pages 243-261
  8. Victoria Rawlings
    Pages 263-284
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 285-305

About this book


This book investigates the reasons why the traditional psychological understanding of bullying fails those affected, and deconstructs how bullying is shaped by prominent discourse. By drawing on poststructuralist feminist theory Victoria Rawlings highlights the social and cultural inequalities too often forgotten in analysis of aggressive behaviour in schools, and places particular emphasis on gender and sexuality as facilitating and constraining forces within school environments and bullying discourses. This book provides a necessary assessment as to why current anti-bullying approaches are failing, and offers an alternative explanation as to how and why bullying occurs. This is a timely and authoritative study which is based on qualitative research, including interviews and group sessions which are used to emphasize the real-life experiences of young people in schools today. Interdisciplinary in nature, this book has a broad appeal and will be of special interest to scholars in the fields of gender and sexuality studies, sociology, and education.


Feminism Education Bullying Inequality Peer pressure Pejoratives

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The University of SydneyCamperdownAustralia

About the authors

Victoria Rawlings is Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University, UK. She has taught in and researched the lived experiences of young people in both Australia and the UK, with a specific focus on how expectations of gender and sexuality influence their behaviours and social outcomes.   

Bibliographic information


“Rawlings does an exceptional job at dissuading the reader from traditional bullying theories by offering more contemporary theories … .  offering transcripts of student discourse along with teacher/principal discourse gives the reader an interesting look into the similarities that occur at both levels in a school system. … Rawlings leaves her audience with a helpful and empirically backed start in which schools may begin to see a meaningful impact and inclusive influence on all areas and demographics affected by bullying.” (Jacob Christenson, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Vol. 46, 2017)