To Slap A ‘Kraxelhora’: Violence as Category-Bound Activity in Young Men's Talk
2007 (English)In: Nordic Journal for Masculinity Studies, ISSN 1890-2138, Vol. 2, no 2, 144-162 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Much of the research, on young men’s violence towards girls is problematised, and linked to sexist attitudes held by young men towards girls. In this article I intend to show that, in discussing violence, violence towards girls is not generally accepted among the young men with a documented history of violence. In a study of violent young men in residential care, undergoing Aggression Replacement Training (ART) the issue becomes pertinent in an ART-discussion. One of the young men discloses that he has hit a girl once. In different accounts he elaborates the motives for doing this, and works to justify his actions. He gives two accounts of the episode in the ART-lesson; in an interview afterwards he produces yet another version. In this article I examine the variations he gives of what happened, how he is striving to position himself as morally justifiable and produce a successful masculine position for himself.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 2, no 2, 144-162 p.
Masculinity, violence, interaction, categorisations, discourse analysis, child studies
National CategoryOther Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-12594OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-12594DiVA: diva2:1799