In this essay, the authors use autoethnography to critically investigate the problem of bullying within family contexts. They convey and analyze two narratives that illustrate salient ways bullying happens within families, and describe how the relational practices of understanding, dialogue, and forgiveness inform such aggression. This inquiry provokes the reconsideration of normative ways of conceptualizing the family, primarily by proposing a more voluntary orientation to familial relationships. The authors also advocate for more research to be conducted on bullying and family communication, and why autoethnography is a compelling method to use for this research.
Journal of Family Communication
Berry, Keith and Adams, Tony, "Family Bullies" (2016). Communication, Media and Theatre Faculty Publications. 17.