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The Meaning of Meanness: Popularity, Competition, and Conflict among Junior High School Girls
Don E. Merten
Sociology of Education
Vol. 70, No. 3 (Jul., 1997), pp. 175-191
Published by: American Sociological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2673207
Page Count: 17
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The "dirty dozen" was the name used by several teachers to refer to a clique of junior high school girls who were both mean and popular. In this school, the students used the term mean as a largely undifferentiated characterization for acts of commission and omission whose intent, or result, was to hurt someone emotionally. This article proposes that exploring the meaning of meanness is a starting point for understanding the connections between female competition, conflict, and popularity. An examination of these connections in the context of a clique of popular girls allows for a better understanding of the sociocultural construction of meanness in junior high school.
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