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Power, subjectivity and context in workplace bullying, emotional abuse and harassment: Insights from postpositivism

Power, subjectivity and context in workplace bullying, emotional abuse and harassment: Insights from postpositivism

Workplace bullying encompasses subtle and/or obvious negative behaviours embodying aggression, hostility, intimidation and harm. Generally characterized by persistence, these unwelcome acts are displayed by an individual and/or group to another individual and/or group at work, privately and/or publicly, in real and/or virtual forms. Alternatively known as workplace emotional abuse or workplace harassment (and referred to as such henceforth), workplace bullying falls under the rubric of dysfunctional and counterproductive workplace behaviours and is captured by metaphors of nightmares, demons, slaves and heart-brokenness which underscore its unbelievable, demoralizing, humiliating and damaging nature. It is not surprising, then, that workplace bullying is described as unethical behaviour which goes against universal social rules of acceptability.


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