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Being a Responsible Violent Girl?: Exploring Female Violence, Self-management, and ADHD
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7257-0956
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2018 (English)In: Girlhood Studies, ISSN 1938-8209, E-ISSN 1938-8322, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 111-126Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we explore how young women in Sweden negotiate their gendered subject positions in relation to psychiatric diagnoses, particularly Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and the meanings of their own violent acts. The data consists of transcripts of face-to-face interviews with young women who have experienced using aggressive and violent acts. Given that the analysis is informed by ideas developed in discursive psychology, we identified the centrality of the concepts of responsibility and self-management. In this study responsibility is connected to gendered notions of passivity and activity. What we call the ordinary girl is neither too active nor too passive, and the extraordinary girl is either too active or too passive in the managing of herself. Similar to those of a troublesome past, the narratives of ADHD enable the understanding of an intelligible violent self, and therefore make female externalized violence what we describe as narrative-able.

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2018. Vol. 11, no 2, p. 111-126
Keywords [en]
aggression, discursive psychology, emotional regulation, gendered subjectivities, psychiatric diagnoses, Sweden
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Social Work
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gender studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-159043DOI: 10.3167/ghs.2018.110209ISI: 000438990700009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-159043DiVA, id: diva2:1316330
Available from: 2019-05-17 Created: 2019-05-17 Last updated: 2019-05-20Bibliographically approved

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