Mobbing experiences in Turkey: Actors, practices and social policy recommendations

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology, Turkey

Approval Date: 2016




The main aim of this study is to detect trends and patterns about mobbing experiences of highly educated, urban, middle-class mobbing victims in Turkey and correspondingly to recommend possible solutions and social policies on the issue of mobbing. For this purpose, current mobbing related literature and social policy practices of different countries and Turkey were reviewed. Moreover, semi structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 20 highly educated, urban, middle-class employees who consider themselves as mobbing victims and 2 mobbing experts. This study shows that there are significant legal and institutional deficiencies which negatively affect struggle against mobbing and make mobbing experiences of victims harder. Furthermore, some specific forms of mobbing are experienced in Turkey, which may be called as discrimination-based mobbing. This type of mobbing is based on a visible ground, such as physical appearance, gender, religion and sect or political view. In consequence of this study, some preventive policy recommendations were presented, on the basis of current literature and social policy expectations of respondents.