chapter  8
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The rising tide of female violence? Researching girls’ own understandings and experiences of violent behaviour


Introduction For the past several years, the media have frequently printed sensationalistic stories on ‘violent girls’. The stories have typically hypothesised about the growth of girl gangs, the ‘rising tide of female violence’ and the convergence of girls’ violence with that of boys. Yet in the UK these stories had no systematic evidence on which to base such views, with literature available primarily on men’s violence and the most substantial research on girls being based on North American data (e.g. see Artz 1998; Baskin and Sommers 1993, 1998; Campbell 1984, 1990; Chesney-Lind 1997; Miller 2001).