Girls' Violence: Myths and Realities

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Christine Alder, Anne Worrall
SUNY Press, Aug 3, 2004 - Social Science - 212 pages
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This critical collection brings together some of the best contemporary research on the perceived increase in girls’ violence. With perspectives from the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, the work challenges official definitions and media representations of girls and violence. Contributors discuss whether violence by girls has actually increased, what kind of behavior by girls is classified as “violent,” how attitudes toward girls’ behavior have changed, in what contexts girls behave violently, and look at the links between girls’ violence and the broader issues of the social construction and social control of adolescent femininities. With diverse essays representing different geographical and disciplinary perspectives, this book offers, at times, contradictory evidence and conflicting views. However, common concerns are clear and the reader is rewarded with a rich exploration of the struggles of girls and young women to take control of their lives in material and ideological conditions that continue to restrict their options and opportunities.
  

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Contents

A Contemporary Crisis?
1
Rough Girls 18801930 The Recent History of Violent Young Women
21
Twisted Sisters Ladettes and the New Penology The Social Construction of Violent Girls
41
Racism Girl Violence and the Murder of Reena Virk
61
Turbulent Talk Girls Making Sense of Violence
81
Capturing Girls Experiences of Community Violence in the United States
105
Coming Out to Play? Young Women and Violence on the Street
131
Violence in the Schoolyard School Girls Use of Violence
151
Situational Effects of Gender Inequality on Girls Participation in Violence
167
Glossary of UKAustralian terms by chapter
191
Contributors
195
Index
199
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Christine Alder is Principal Research Fellow in the Criminology Department at The University of Melbourne. She is the coeditor (with Rob White) of The Police and Young People in Australia and coauthor (with Ken Polk) of Child Victims of Homicide.

Anne Worrall is Professor of Criminology at Keele University. She is the coeditor (with Pat Carlen) of Gender, Crime, and Justice and author of Offending Women: Female Lawbreakers and the Criminal Justice System and Punishment in the Community: The Future of Criminal Justice.

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