feminist psychology

feminist psychology

approaches to psychology which draw on FEMINIST THEORY to critique mainstream psychology for its tendency to focus on the experience of men as the ‘norm’. Its aim, therefore, is to both incorporate an understanding of womens psychological experience and also detail the often sexist and heterosexist underpinnings of much mainstream psychological research. Many feminist psychologists in the UK take a critical approach, drawing on different combinations of social constructionism (see also SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF REALITY), POSTMODERNISM or psychoanalytic theory (see also PSYCHOANALYSIS) in order to question how GENDER is constructed and to challenge gender inequality and ‘common-sense’ understandings of gender difference. Feminist psychologists understand that ‘women do not constitute a homogeneous group, and seek to understand other divisions which impact on womens lives, such as social class, ethnicity and sexual orientation. There are recurrent debates within feminist psychology about the political expediency of taking relativistic (see also RELATIVISM) or psychoanalytic approaches (because of the latter's phallocentrism), as these challenge the standpoint from which a feminist researcher can make claims. see also CRITICAL SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY.
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Chapters discuss the history of the development of transnational feminist psychology and specific topics: research; assessment and intervention; the psychology of migration; women's education, work, and leadership; domestic violence; women's reproductive experiences; human trafficking; and teaching.
"Feminist psychology shares, with humanistic psychology, a view that the self is not a solitary entity but rather is known only in relationship" (Bugental, Pierson & Schneider, 2001, p.
Psychologist Noam Shpancer writes in Psychology Today: "Feminist psychology argues that competition among females is driven primarily not by biological imperatives but rather by social mechanisms.
However, from a systemic and counselling psychology perspective, the hermeneutic turn towards second order therapies in the 1980's, which coincided with a rising awareness of the ethical-political realm--clearly seen in the feminist psychology literature of the time (Pipes & Holstein, 2005) represented a shift and a willingness towards positioning ethical practice within processes of communication.
Written in language intended to demystify the field, this textbook on feminist psychology is accessible to undergraduates with little background but also contains enough thought-provoking material for senior majors in psychology or women's studies.
**The Programme is enriched with Biblical Studies & Feminist Hermeneutics, Contextual Learnings - Exposure among marginalized women/people, Mainstreaming experiential Feminist Psychology, Current Trends in Spirituality - specifically A Spirituality of Life, Consecrated Life & Prophetic Role, Liberation-centered Theologies (Dalit, Feminist, Eco-Feminist), Human Rights, Skills for Legal interventions, Research Methodologies, Folk Arts, Street Theatre skills, and Wen Lido = self defense skills, etc.
There are certain categories of diversity one would expect to see addressed in a handbook about feminist psychology. For example, the classic intersections of gender, class, and race should be mentioned, and one could hope that sexuality and/or age would also appear in a couple of chapters.
Regarding gender: Essentialism, constructionism, and feminist psychology. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 17, 5-21.
Feminist psychology says that if we position ourselves that place it is because we cannot recognize what we are.
Implications of Symbolic Asymmetry for Feminist Practice and Feminist Psychology." Feminism & Psychology, v.
A collection of essays that draw upon such diverse sources as Buddhist studies, feminist psychology, ecopsychology, and environmental writing, "The Nature Of Home surveys the interplay between 'place and identity.
Garfinkel (Chair), The politics of diagnosis: Feminist psychology and the DSM-III-R.

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