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Cindy D. Ness

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814758403

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814758403.001.0001

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The City of Philadelphia and Female Youth Violence

The City of Philadelphia and Female Youth Violence

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Why Girls Fight

Cindy D. Ness

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on Philadelphia's troubles as a city, which began in the mid-1950s as a result of American “deindustrialization”—the large-scale shift from an industrial economy to a service and information economy. It considers the adverse social, economic, and cultural consequences of a significant decline in manufacturing in the city, with particular emphasis on the problem of youth violence. It also examines changes in the juvenile justice system in response to the rise in violent crime that hit Philadelphia beginning in the mid 1980s. Finally, it discusses the Philadelphia neighborhoods of Melrose Park and Lee, where the author conducted her study of girls engaged in physical violence, and provides an overview of the study's participants.

Keywords:   deindustrialization, manufacturing, youth violence, juvenile justice system, violent crime, Philadelphia, girls, physical violence

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