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Child Welfare and Social Action in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: International Perspectives$
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Jon Lawrence and Pat Starkey

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853236764

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312816

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‘Just Trying to be Men’? Violence, Girls and their Social Worlds

‘Just Trying to be Men’? Violence, Girls and their Social Worlds

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(p.36) 2 ‘Just Trying to be Men’? Violence, Girls and their Social Worlds
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Child Welfare and Social Action in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: International Perspectives
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J. A. Brown

M. Burman

K. Tisdall

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853236764.003.0003

This chapter concentrates on attitudes to violence among girls in urban Scotland today. A small-scale exploratory study with girls from four localities within a major Scottish city was conducted, exploring their understandings and perceptions of violence. There was a surprising degree of moral consensus in the girls' accounts, specifically with regard to the kinds of circumstances where ‘violent’ behaviour could be regarded as wholly justified or could be excused. Name-calling and verbal criticism were considered as primary sources of anger. Additionally, girls' perceptions of aggression between siblings seemed to be different from other forms of verbal and physical ‘violence’ reported in other non-kin relationships. This preliminary study points to a more complex picture of girls' use of violence and intentionally harmful behaviour which insists that this behaviour must be placed within the context of girls' everyday lives.

Keywords:   violence, girls, urban Scotland, aggression, siblings, harmful behaviour, name-calling, verbal criticism

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