Why Girls Fight: Female Youth Violence in the Inner City

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In low-income U.S. cities, street fights between teenage girls are common. These fights take place at school, on street corners, or in parks, when one girl provokes another to the point that she must either “step up” or be labeled a “punk.” Typically, when girls engage in violence that is not strictly self-defense, they are labeled “delinquent,” their actions taken as a sign of emotional pathology. However, in Why Girls Fight, Cindy D. Ness demonstrates that in poor urban areas this kind of street fighting is seen as a normal part of girlhood and a necessary way to earn respect among peers, as well as a way for girls to attain a sense of mastery and self-esteem in a social setting where legal opportunities for achievement are not otherwise easily available.

Ness spent almost two years in west and northeast Philadelphia to get a sense of how teenage girls experience inflicting physical harm and the meanings they assign to it. While most existing work on girls’ violence deals exclusively with gangs, Ness sheds new light on the everyday street fighting of urban girls, arguing that different cultural standards associated with race and class influence the relationship that girls have to physical aggression.

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Cindy D. Ness is a Senior Policy Consultant at the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy in Albany, New York, and a practicing psychologist in New York City. She holds doctorates in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania..

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"Psychologist Ness offers compelling evidence for the cultural and structural reasons why inner-city girls fight."-Choice Magazine,Choice Magazine

"Ness's book is well written, well organized, and thought provoking. The interdisciplinary foundation to her work offers insight and explanation that few other studies of its kind have conveyed."-Lisa Pasko,American Journal of Sociology

"Ness's interdisciplinary approach to the subject of street fighting among young women effectively orchestrates a dialogue between cultural, social-institutional, and psychological-theoretical analyses."-Aimee Meredith Cox,Signs

"This is a scholarly book in which a case is made for the heretofore undocumented reasons why girls maintain a fighting stance both in school and in the streets . . . The ten pages of references attest to the academically rigorous research that went into this ground-breaking book." -Peggy Flemming,VOYA Library Magazine

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