Bullying - transformative potentiality?


  • Charlotte Mathiassen


In this article, I argue that a person’s experience of having been bullied as a child can hold
transformative potentiality. This means that childhood exposure to bullying can both produce
negative effects and provide fuel for transformative intention and actions. By exploring two
separate narratives, I demonstrate how these individuals’ different ways of handling past incidents
are entangled with both present and future, as well as how they are closely connected to both the
specific situations and contexts in which the person lives and his/her movements across such
situations and contexts. The concept of dynamic effectuality is introduced to describe this
phenomenon. Furthermore, I claim that, by analysing the dynamic effectuality of individuals’ past
experiences with bullying and their present adult lives, certain processes can be found – including
revenge, transformative intention and collective transformative actions.


How to Cite

Mathiassen, C. (2013). Bullying - transformative potentiality?. Outlines. Critical Practice Studies, 14(2), 184–204. Retrieved from https://tidsskrift.dk/outlines/article/view/9798