Discourses of Choice and Experiences of Constraint

Analyses of Girls' Use of Violence

in Girlhood Studies
Author: Marion Brown
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Girls who use violence are marginalized as the worst of the mean girls, disrupting conventional femininity codes and causing panic in the streets. Twenty two girls participated in a qualitative study in Nova Scotia about what it means to be a girl and use violence. Interpretations presented here suggest that their reasoning can be contextualized through an analysis of neoliberalism, racism, heterosexism and classism, as they navigate discourses of choice and experiences of constraint.

Girlhood Studies

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