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Sociology and Anthropology
Course
SOAN 2400
Professor
c
Semester
Fall

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Chapter 29: Moral Panic and the Nasty Girl ­The belief that girl violence is widespread is socially constructed ­Stats Canada shows that youth charge rate for violent crime dropped  ­Number of girls charged for murder and attempted murder constant for last 20 yrs ­However▯stats show increase in number of girls charged with minor or moderate assault  over 10 years  ­ BUT researches say it is merely a reflection of a change in youth justice system  policies ­Regardless, society believes that youth violence is increasing v▯ iew today’s girls as  increasingly “nasty” ­result of moral panic  How the Nasty Girl Emerged ­moral panic identify something that is responsible for what is generating the widespread  concern ­murder of 14 year old Reena Virk by 7 girls and 1 boy solidified the evidence that girl  violence is becoming a problem ­statistical manipulation of crime to amplify the fear regarding girl violence  ­example: Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics says that crime by young girls as  increased by 200 percent since 1986 ­however research shows that articles failed that explain that this increase as in  reference to minor assaults such as pushing or slapping (no serious injury) ­inflated statistics regarding girl violence are believed by the public because they are  voiced by socially accredited experts  ▯legitimizing moral panic  ­in Myers and Sangster’s study of reform schools for girls in 1930­60, it was found that  the ‘girl problem’ was constructed by psychologists, penal workers, administrators and  nuns  ­during most of twentieth century, the dominant idea is that women who offend are  rejecting their femininity and taking on their male counterpart ­through distortion, exaggeration and statistical manipulation of data t▯ he media created  “The Nasty Girl”, a new breed of female The Effects of the Moral Panic on Policy­Making ­panic over Nasty Girl has impact on legal, educational and social policy ­increases informal and formal mechanism of control  ▯repressive measures directed at  youth ­social and educational programs contain informal mechanisms of control ­new rationality and concern seeks the participation of authorities in the informal control  of girls ­encourages school staff to detect signs of risk in girls ­Foucault’s study of the asylum, the prison and sexuality suggests that
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