Riding the middle ground: adolescent girl bullying and the pressure to be "just enough" Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Anderson, Krista
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Communication
  • Thematic analysis of in-depth interviews with 20 college undergraduate women who talked about a past experience of being bullied by another girl(s) demonstrate how adolescent girl bullying may serve to reinforce norms of femininity and race. Participants reported one overarching theme of the importance of being "just enough. " This primary theme was elaborated by sub-themes of appearance, sexual development, and intelligence. Though many of the black and white women who were interviewed reported bullying as enforcing similar norms, a second theme specific to the black respondents emerged. This theme had to do with the importance of responding directly and usually verbally to their attackers. This study highlights the importance of beginning to understand the ways in which adolescent girl bullying may enact disciplinary power regarding gender and race norms.
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  • Wood, Julia T.
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