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Why Girls FightFemale Youth Violence in the Inner City$
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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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Culture and Neighborhood Institutions

Culture and Neighborhood Institutions

(p.115) 6 Culture and Neighborhood Institutions
Why Girls Fight

Cindy D. Ness

NYU Press

This chapter explores how socialization and child development shape girls' violent tendencies in the context of a neighborhood. It considers the influence of key institutions in the community such as the school, the juvenile justice system, and law enforcement on violent girls. It also discusses issues of race, alienation, and wider systemic forces as they relate to the social organization of the neighborhood and their impact on why, how, and when girls resort to physical violence. It suggests that many common assumptions about male and female violent youths—for example, girls are “emotional” while boys do not operate from a base of emotion—are not accurate.

Keywords:   socialization, child development, neighborhood, school, juvenile justice system, law enforcement, violent girls, race, social organization, physical violence

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