Social Theory of Bullying

NAITO, Asao, Ijime no Shakai Riron (Social Theory of Bullying, in Japanese, Tokyo : Kasiwa Shobo, 2001)

This book analyzes the mechanism of bullying in Japanese junior and junior-high schools, using the social system approach, especially micro (individual mentality)-macro (human relation)-loop theory. Introducing some new concepts into the analysis of human relation among students, such as “intermediary-group totalitarianism,” it seeks a way to liberalize the school. This is a very important intellectual challenge, I think.

The author claims that the State must play more important role in the school as a defender of individual liberty against “intermediary-group totalitarianism.” But isn’t this image of the State a little too optimistic ? now that the State and intermediary groups are in the course of fusion in some policy fields, e.g. night patrol of community board (CHONAI-KAI) in contact with the police

Textbook of my October undergraduate seminar. Most of participants have given severe comments on it, but why ? (Haven't you ever been bullied in the school ?)