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Janice Harper
Janice Harper is a cultural anthropologist whose writing spans a range of topics, from workplace aggression to parenting to food. She is the author of Mobbed! A Survival Guide to Adult Bullying and Mobbing, and has ghostwritten several non-fiction books. She can be reached at drjharper at gmail.

Entries by Janice Harper

Is It Time for a Housing Justice Movement?

(1) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 1:20 PM

Is Seattle Ground Zero for a housing justice movement -- or a housing injustice movement? As one of the most livable cities in America rapidly becomes livable only to those with six-figure incomes, this question is fast gaining ground. It hit home for me this spring when the...

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The Secret To Surviving Long-Term Unemployment

(11) Comments | Posted August 23, 2014 | 9:03 AM

It never occurred to me that I would be unemployed in mid-life. Well, yes, it had occurred to me when my tits were still perky and my mind malleable, so I went to grad school, got a Ph.D. and embarked on what was once a promising and stellar career. But...

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The Mobbing of Jill Abramson Begins

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2014 | 12:59 PM

As quickly as the public rallied around Jill Abramson when it was reported that she was fired shortly after raising concerns about pay equity, it is as swiftly turning against her now that New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. has reported that she was fired for "the...

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Recovering From Roman: Sam Geimer on Moving On

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 4:18 PM

There are some things that happen to us that will forever change our lives and may even effectively destroy them: the death of a child, a false accusation of a serious crime, an injury so grave we can no longer function without assistance. Such adverse life events are tragedies that...

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Christie, the Workplace and the Culture of Retaliation

(1) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 12:30 PM

As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie scrambles to prove he's not a bully who stops up traffic as payback for disloyalty, a more interesting question might be, just how entrenched is the culture of retaliation in any of our lives? While Christie protests that "mistakes were made" (probably...

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A Tale of Art Forgery, Sex Slavery and Single Parenthood

(6) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 5:54 PM


Brigitte Perenyi preparing for ritual to be released from slavery. Photo by Ken Perenyi

When art forger Ken Perenyi's captivating autobiography, Caveat Emptor, was published in 2012, the internet swirled with debate over the morality of forging works of art...

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Artist Peter Doig Gets Surreal

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 8:42 PM


When retired correctional officer Bob Fletcher was told the painting he bought off a teenage inmate in the mid-'70s could be an original Peter Doig, he was flabbergasted. The surrealist painting he had bought for $100 was signed by Pete Doige, a...

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Bullying, Mobbing and the Role of Shame

(11) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 7:22 PM

Have you ever felt guilty about something you did, even though you were never caught? Have you ever been ashamed of yourself, even though others might not know how you secretly feel? Guilt and shame are human emotions that everyone feels at one time or another. For some, these powerful...

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Picture Perfect Is Almost Perfect: A Conversation With Author Shanna Hogan

(14) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 6:34 PM

I thought I'd read enough of the Jodi Arias story to never want to read another word. After all, how many times and in how many ways can you say that the convicted killer is a psychotic bad girl who had no right to kill her lover and now must...

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Miley's Tongue and Other Reasons I'm Starting to Like Disney

(43) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 4:44 PM

I've never been a Disney fan. But after watching Miley Cyrus's minstrel hip-pulverizing, tongue-thrusting, simulated sex and teddy-bear parade, I wanted nothing more than to turn back the hands of time and find comfort in a small, small world where childhood is the stuff of wonder, and where one doesn't...

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Got Them Crazy Lady Eyes

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 12:07 PM

I recently had a birthday and turned one of those ages that comes with a letter from the life insurance company alerting you to the fact that you are that much closer to dead. My credit union sent me a flyer congratulating me on membership in their "Silver Program," which...

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My 'Bad' Kid

(7) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 2:51 PM

The other day, my daughter announced that she wanted to buy her own groceries.

"Not everything," she was quick to clarify, "Just the stuff you say I can't have."

"If I say you can't have it," I said, "You can't have it."

"No, I don't mean the...

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The Jodi Arias Trial Season 1 Finale

(59) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 8:34 PM

Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched the season finale, Who Gets Hung.

Just when we thought it was curtains for Jodi, her made-for-TV sex-murder-and-T-shirts trial ended with a real cliffhanger Thursday, shocking viewers and characters alike. The jury, which had already found her crime so...

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One Star Revenge: When Reviews Become Malicious

(35) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 12:15 PM

How did a book on conservation in Madagascar that was published over a decade ago become another casualty of the sensationalized Jodi Arias trial? In the weird world of cyber-trolls, it took little time for someone to find an academic book on the environment relevant to criminal justice in Arizona....

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The Mobbing of Alyce LaViolette

(969) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 5:46 PM

As someone who has written extensively about mobbing, which is to say, unrestrained group bullying in the workplace, communities, and schools, I have recently been compelled to confront my own role in the public lynching of psychotherapist Alyce LaViolette. Ms. LaViolette is currently testifying on behalf of Jodi Arias, a...

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From The Burning Bed to Jodi Arias: The Abuse Defense Gone Wrong

(169) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 6:36 PM

When I was a student taking paralegal classes in Lansing, Michigan in 1977, I got a call from a friend. He wanted to know if I was interested in forming a group to help a woman who had set fire to her husband in the nearby town of Dansville. Curious...

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What the Stanford Prison Experiment Can Teach Us About the Workplace

(32) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Next time you think about workplace bullies, you might do well to consider the Stanford Prison Guard experiments. Philip Zimbardo's ground-breaking research on the social psychology...

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The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook And A Conversation With Chef Tom Douglas

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 4:39 PM

If anyone ever throws a pie in my face, I hope it's a Tom Douglas pie. Whether it's the celebrated Seattle chef's triple coconut cream pie that's so luscious even the president's been known to knock back a few, or his maple banana cream pie that...

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End of an Outlaw Era: Legalized Marijuana

(20) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 12:33 PM

I paid no attention to the text. I just saw on the ballot something about approving marijuana use. Assuming it meant medical marijuana, I voted for it, muttering to myself that I thought medical marijuana was already the law in the state of Washington. Oh, well, I thought, probably just...

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A Painting Without an Artist

(37) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 4:45 PM

Who in the world is Pete Doige? Could he be just another incredibly talented but completely unknown ex-con from Ontario who painted a sophisticated surrealist landscape in the '70s and has never been heard from since?

Or could he have gone on to become one of the most famous painters...

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