Turbulent Talk: Girls' Making Sense of Violence

Michele Burman, University of Glasgow

ABSTRACT
This paper draws on research which investigated teenage girls' views and experiences of violence. The research objective was to explore girls understandings of violence and how it is both encountered and mobilised in their daily lives. The research draws on girls' personal accounts of their own involvement in, and avoidance of, violence and conflict situations. The research was not conceived of as a study specifically of 'violent girls'; rather it focused on the everyday understandings, conceptualisations and experiences of 'ordinary' girls. Critical to the girls' discussions about violence is the tension between, on the one hand, blaming individuals and, on the other, explaining their actions by means of an appeal to social context.

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