Girls and Transgressive Paths: A Case Study of Portuguese Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

  • Vera Duarte
  • Ana Margarida Guerreiro


This chapter is the result of a qualitative investigation in which the main goal was to understand the problem of feminine juvenile delinquency, by studying the experiences and the meanings of the transgressions in the life paths of girls under educational court orders (executed in a juvenile detention center or within the community) in Portugal. Through the voices of the girls it was possible to create profiles of the transgressive paths that show the heterogeneity of the phenomenon of feminine juvenile delinquency and propose a way of overcoming the victimization-versus-agency dichotomy.


Girls’ delinquency Juvenile justice system Transgressive paths Qualitative methodology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vera Duarte
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ana Margarida Guerreiro
    • 2
  1. 1.CICS.NOVA Universidade do MinhoBragaPortugal
  2. 2.Instituto Universitário da Maia (ISMAI)MaiaPortugal

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