Motivations and Rewards in Young Women's Violence

Michele Burman, University of Glasgow

Based on a study of girls' experiences of violence conducted in Scotland, UK, this paper explores some of the motivations for 'doing violence' towards other girls. Whilst it recognises that gender is a key organising principle in girls' lives and is therefore integral to any understanding of the role of violence, this paper also considers other, broader, incentives for girls' involvement in violence. it examines specific (strategic, societal and spatial) contexts and relational configurations in girls' own accounts of violence; explores particular motivations for violence (e.g. frustration, disaffection, anger, resistance, humiliation, gain, accusation), and; considers the significance of violence, for girls, in terms of status, respect and identity and the rewards that it brings.

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