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Bassman, E. S. (1992).  Abuse in the Workplace: Management Remedies and Bottom Line Impact.
"Abused employees are in a catch-22 situation. Their harassers are in a position to control a variety of resources, which makes abused employees similar to other victims of abuse. But unlike other victims, they have an added disadvantage. By virtue of their subordinate position, they automatically have less credibility than their supervisors. Charging that they are being treated unfairly by their supervisors would challenge the context of the hierarchical system, which is a very threatening proposition to those who are in a position to help. Even if they succeed in proving an accusation of abuse, abused employees will have identified themselves as whistleblowers, which will undoubtedly cause other potential bosses to question the wisdom of having them as subordinates. If an employee succeeds in winning a fairness dispute with his or her boss, the result is likely to be severely limited career growth within the organization. What has been won?" (p. 48)
Butler, J. (1997).  The psychic life of power: theories in subjection.
"If one is to oppose the abuses of power (which is not the same as opposing power itself), it seems wise to consider in what our vulnerability to that abuse consists." (p. 20)
Hirigoyen, M. - F. (2000).  Stalking the Soul.
"Abuse of power has always existed but today it is often disguised. Executives talk about autonomy and initiative but still demand submissiveness and obedience. Employees march to their company's drummer because they are haunted by management's bottom line, the threat of unemployment, and the constant reminder of their responsibility and therefore possible blame." (p. 68)
Wyatt, J., & Hare C. (1997).  Work Abuse: How to Recognize and Survive It.
"There are five distinctions that will assist you to see the depth with which work abuse affects people...
1. The Abuse Itself...
2. The Inability to Protest the Abuse...
3. Being Blamed and Feeling Guilty for Reacting against Work Abuse...
4. Having to Deny the Ways that Abuse Affects You...
5. Feeling Guilty for Visible Symptoms that Develop..."
Westhues, K. (2004).  Workplace mobbing in academe : reports from twenty universities.
"Invective and disparagement are clues that a clear offense may not be in evidence." (p. 101)

See also: power, mobbing, bullying, domination, scapegoating, betrayal, humiliation

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  • Concept: abuse
    • preferred: abuse
    • alternate: invective
    • alternate: disparagement
    • alternate: maltreatment
    • definition: cruel or inhumane treatment
    • related: power
    • narrower: mobbing
    • narrower: bullying
    • narrower: domination
    • narrower: scapegoating
    • narrower: betrayal
    • narrower: humiliation
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    • keyword-226
    • linked content:
      • sense: abuse
      • sense: ill-treatment
      • sense: ill-usage
      • sense: maltreatment
      • maltreatment
      • in scheme:
      • gloss: cruel or inhumane treatment; "the child showed signs of physical abuse"
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      • synset id: 100419908
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