The place of violence in adolescent girls' discourses on gendered subjectivity

Citation: 
Mercer, Joyce Ann. "The place of violence in adolescent girls' discourses on gendered subjectivity." Unpublished paper. Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, 1995.
Abstract: 

What role does violence play in how adolescent girls understand femininity? Popular culturee models of adult women (media images) fuse the social meanings of "feminine" with being chased, grabbed, forcefully held, and otherwise vulnerable to violence. This paper, reporting on interview research with adolescent girls, argues that violence informs notions of gendered subjectivity in significant and multiple ways. The interviews address girls' perspectives on the meanings of being female, and their various "gender practices," by which they achieve the status of feminine. The context for these questions is a life-narrative type, semi-structured interview in which girls tell about themselves through the interviews' focus upon family relationships, violence, gender identity, and religion.

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