Beyond Bad Girls

Gender, Violence and Hype

By Meda Chesney-Lind, Katherine Irwin

© 2008 – Routledge

248 pages

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Paperback: 9780415948289
pub: 2007-08-31
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About the Book

In this important new work, two respected criminologists challenge the characterization of the new 'bad girl' arguing that it is only a new attempt to punish girls who are not the stereotypical depiction of good. Through interviews with young women, educators and people in the criminal justice system, Beyond Bad Girls exposes the formal and informal systems of socio-cultural control imposed on girls.

Table of Contents

1. Girls Gone Wild? 2. The New Bad Girl: Constructing Mean and Violent Girls 3. Speaking of Girls 4. Growing Up Female: Families and the Regulation of Girlhood 5. Policing Girls’ Peer Groups: Columbine and the Hunt for Girl Bullies 6. Pathologizing Girls?: Relational Aggression and Violence Prevention 7. Policing Girlhood: Sexism, Schools, and the Anti-Violence Movement 8. Still 'the Best Place to Conquer Girls': Girls and the Juvenile Justice System 9. Policing Gone Wild

About the Authors

Meda Chesney-Lind is Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa and Adjunt Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She has served as Vice President of the American Society of Criminology and President of the Western Society of Criminology. Her co-authored book, Girls, Delinquency and Juvenile Justice , won the American Society of Criminology's Michael J. Hindelang Award in 1992. In 2001, she received the Bruce Smith, Sr. Award for "outstanding contribution to Criminal Justice" by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Katherine Irwin is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies