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Unacknowledged threats proffered "in a manner of speaking": recognizing workplace bullying as shaming.

Authors
  • Dzurec, Laura Cox1
  • Kennison, Monica
  • Albataineh, Raya
  • 1 Dean and Professor, Widener University, Chester, PA, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of nursing scholarship : an official publication of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2014
Volume
46
Issue
4
Pages
281–291
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/jnu.12080
PMID: 24754642
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine workplace bullying victims' perceptions of what they heard their bully counterparts say through their use of prosody. From a sampling frame of 89 manuscripts referenced in the authors' previous studies, we identified a subset (n = 10) that included quotes regarding bullying victims' perceptions of communication experiences with their bully perpetrators. We used hermeneutics and a recursive metasynthesis to interpret quotes embedded in the manuscripts chosen for this study. Two-thirds of language is expressed nonverbally through prosody or "manner of speaking"-rhythm, stress, intonation, and vocabulary choice. We found that as bullies communicated with their intended victims over time, they used prosody across subtle, linked communications, or boldly and openly in public venues, to establish a context-embedded, one-way communication process of "doublespeak." Bullies' confusing prosodic communication processes served to recontexualize victims' situations and, through mechanisms largely unacknowledged by the victims, to subtly demean their personhood, and to shame them and render them voiceless. This study directs formal attention to the language of workplace bullying. Further study might strengthen opportunities to effectively address and curtail the long-term personal, professional, and organizational injuries deriving from workplace bullying. © 2014 Sigma Theta Tau International.

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