Psychology's gendered subject

Davies, Bronwyn (2002) Psychology's gendered subject. In: von Hofsten, Claes, and Bäckman, Lars, (eds.) Social, Developmental, and Clinical Perspectives. Psychology at the Turn of the Millennium, 2 . Psychology Press, East Sussex, FA, USA, pp. 455-473.

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[Extract] In this paper I take up two closely related tasks. The first is to show how the work of feminist psychologists brings into sharp focus the inherently oppressive nature of traditional psychological discourses and practices. The second task is to demonstrate the specific challenge that feminist psychology makes to traditional psychology as it develops the strategies for making the processes of gendering both visible and analyzable.

I begin with the task of seeing how psychology might work otherwise. Here I am not interested in psychological research on gender that works within and simultaneously confirms the foundations of a generic, mainstream psychology (as, for example, in the rather notorious work of Servin, 1999).1 Rather, the analysis is based on the work of those who confront such psychology, who push and pull at its boundaries. It is an invitation to psychology to expand itself, to reflexively examine its foundations, to become aware of its implicit politics and of the constitutive work it does to hold the gender order in place.

Item ID: 14391
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-203-98943-2
Keywords: feminism; gender; psychologists
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