Race, Gender, and Aggression

The Impact of Sociocultural Factors on Girls
  • Margaret A. Jackson
Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 19)


Lena’s words capture the dilemma experienced by many young marginal-ized girls today, but which seem especially true for young immigrant and refugee girls (Chesney-Lind, 2001; Mayeda, Chesney-Lind, & Koo, 2001). To fit in, to survive, they may turn to aggression; otherwise they may find themselves the target for aggression. Numerous authors in this text focus upon individual risk factors to explain and/or predict why some girls are more prone to aggressive and violent behavior than others. In the present chapter, the examination shifts to consider the social context within which the particular factors of race and gender can prove to be “risky” for girls.


Service Provider Proactive Aggression Dominant Culture Social Location Overt Aggression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret A. Jackson
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  1. 1.School of CriminologySimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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