March 26, 2014

Greetings to students of mobbing! - From Kenneth Westhues

Dear Colleagues in the study of workplace mobbing,

This is to let you know I’ve at long last done some cleaning up and updating of my website on mobbing, principally:

(1) Including Duffy and Sperry’s 2013 recovery guide on the page about their work:

(2) On the page about Janice Harper’s work, adding her 2013 survival guide and her trenchant review of an extraordinarily important documentary, Beverly Peterson’s What Killed Kevin?:

(3) A new webpage on practical books on mobbing by Richard Schwindt and Jean M. Jones:

(4) Adding the 2014 title, Why Nurses Commit Suicide: Mobbing in Health Care Institutions, to the webpage on Mellen Press’s Leymann Translation Project:

(5) Reorganizing the mainpage on mobbing and adding some links:

(6) Creating a separate page for books and blogs about mobbing, updating links to blogs (adding, for instance, Brian Martin’s recent work with Florencia Peña) and to new books like Clyde Forsberg’s Savageries of the Academy Abroad:

(7) Adding a new Spanish-language section, thanks to the good work of Sergio Navarrete Vázquez:

More updating needs to be done: new documentaries, new articles by Lawrence Huntoon on sham peer review of physicians, and so on and on. The new site is at least an improvement over the old one.

The website continues to be hosted by the University of Waterloo ( but it’s also published independently on  Since it’s three years now since I retired from full-time teaching at Waterloo, I’ll probably let the university website lapse within the coming year, while maintaining the independent site indefinitely.

I hope this finds all of you in good health and good spirits. I remain ever so grateful for your contributions to our common understanding of what we all agree is a phenomenon of extraordinary moment in the lives of those involved and in our common life as a society.

Respect and best wishes,

Kenneth Westhues
Professor Emeritus, Sociology & Legal Studies
University of Waterloo, Canada

1 comment:

DontRainOnMyPrada said...

I can't agree with Mr. Schwindt only giving advice to leave. What if it's not possible to find another equivalent job (e.g., in academia)? If the person being mobbed against has a strong enough case for discrimination and has the means to pay for a lawyer, I believe that person should fight. The bystanders and the bullies are NEVER going to do the self-examination that Mr. Schwindt suggests at the end of the video. Once the bullied person is gone, it's "out of sight, out of mind." They got their way.