• Fighting For Girls

Fighting For Girls

Fighting For Girls

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  • Author
    Meda Chesney Lind
  • Publisher
    Suny Press
  • Publication date
    03 September 2010

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    Fighting For Girls

  • Author

    Meda Chesney Lind

  • Date Published

    03 September 2010

  • Publisher

    Suny Press

  • Pages

    276 pages

  • ISBN

    9781438432953

Book Description

Cutting edge research into trends and social contexts of girls' violence.

Have girls really gone wild? Despite the media fascination with “bad girls,” facts beyond the hype have remained unclear. Fighting for Girls focuses on these facts, and using the best data availabe about actual trends in girls’ uses of violence, the scholars here find that by virtually any measure available, incidents of girls’ violence are going down, not up. Additionally, rather than attributing girls violence to personality or to girls becoming “more like boys,” Fighting for Girls focuses on the contexts that produce violence in girls, demonstrating how addressing the unique problems that confront girls in dating relationships, families, school hallways and classrooms, and in distressed urban neighborhoods can help reduce girls’ use of violence. Often including girls’ own voices, contributors to the volume illustrate why girls use violence in certain situations, encouraging us to pay attention to trauma in the girls’ pasts as well as how violence becomes a tool girls use to survive toxic families, deteriorated neighborhoods, and neglectful schools.

Meda Chesney-Lind is Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her many books include Beyond Bad Girls: Gender, Violence, and Hype (coauthored with Katherine Irwin); The Female Offender: Girls, Women, and Crime, Second Edition (coauthored with Lisa Pasko); and Girls, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice, Third Edition (coauthored with Randall G. Shelden). Nikki Jones is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner City Violence.

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