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dc.contributor.authorJackson-Jacobs, Curtis
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-12T19:56:51Z
dc.date.available2013-12-12T19:56:51Z
dc.date.issued2013-03
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationJackson-Jacobs, C. (2013). "Constructing Physical Fights: An Interactionist Analysis of Violence among Affluent, Suburban Youth." Qualitative Sociology 36(1): 23-52. DOI: 10.1007/s11133-012-9244-2en_US
dc.identifier.issn0162-0436
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10027/10887
dc.descriptionPost print version of article may differ from published version. The final publication is available at springerlink.com; DOI:10.1007/s11133-012-9244-2en_US
dc.description.abstractBased on more than four years of ethnographic fieldwork and a dataset of 189 violent encounters, this article explores the social phenomenology of physical fights in a novel setting. Although American sociologists have traditionally depicted violence as a distinctively ‘ghetto’ phenomenon, the members of this sample were overwhelmingly white and affluent. Since the usual explanatory background factors—race, poverty, and neighborhood—cannot adequately account for their violent experiences, the dataset is especially valuable for analyzing the generic interactional processes through which physical fights unfold. Furthermore, the article suggests a model that runs counter to the prevailing sociological perspective that violence is universally motivated by independent, preexisting conflicts. Oftentimes, the sample members set out to “get into” fights for their perceived experiential rewards and only later instigated disputes as a means to motivate and justify violent action. Using the method of analytic induction, the article presents 2 a generalizable theory of how fights unfold in interaction. Three stages were necessary for achieving a fight: (1) agreeing to fight as a solution to a challenge to “interpersonal sovereignty,” (2) transcending the ordinary fear of violence, and (3) using competitive techniques of violence.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis project received funding from The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and the UCLA Graduate Division.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherSpringer Verlagen_US
dc.subjectinterpersonal conflict in adolescenceen_US
dc.subjectviolenceen_US
dc.titleConstructing Physical Fights: An Interactionist Analysis of Violence among Affluent, Suburban Youthen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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