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Feminists and psychological practice / ed. Erica Burman

Secondary Author Burman, Erica Country Reino Unido. Publication London : Sage, 1990 Description X, 194 p. ; 22 cm Series Gender and Psychology ISBN 0-8039-8233-X CDU 396 159.922.12
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Feminists and Psychological Practice gives voice to the developing feminist critique of the position of women within academic and professional psychology. Drawing on the experiences and perspectives of students, teachers, researchers and practitioners, it explores how psychology functions to maintain power structures and practices which often exclude and oppress women. The authors address the issues that face feminists who attempt to counter these structures and practices, approaching the topic from a wide range of viewpoints reflecting different class, cultural and political positions. They question feminist as well as mainstream psychological practice. They confront the central dilemma over whether to work within or outside `the system'. The implications of the discussion resonate far beyond the specific context of the profession of psychology. The book comes at a critical time, when the changing landscape of health and education puts psychology under increasing pressure to prove its efficacy and when women academics and practitioners face the prospect of working within patriarchal management increasingly governed by market forces. Feminists and Psychological Practice will prove invaluable to women in educational, clinical and academic psychology worldwide; it provides important material for courses in the psychology of women, the history and sociology of psychology, women's studies and gender studies.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Part 1 Choosing Psychology?
  • `Where's Your Sense of Humour?'
  • Swimming against the Tide in Higher Education
  • Moving out of Psychology
  • Two Accounts Choosing Psychology /f003or/f001 Not
  • Throwing the Baby out with the Bathwater
  • Making a Difference - Questioning Women's Studies
  • Part 2 Changing Definitions of Psychological Knowledge
  • Feminism as Anti-Psychology
  • Learning and Teaching in Feminist Psychology Social Research in the Context of Feminist Psychology
  • Fantasy or Reality? The Problem with Psychoanalytic Interpretation in Psychotherapy with Women
  • Resisting the Discipline
  • Part 3 Struggles and Change
  • Women Organizing within Psychology
  • Two Accounts Steps towards Silence - Anonymous
  • Women in Educational Psychology Women in the Shadows
  • Women, Feminism and Clinical Psychology

Reviews provided by Syndetics


Yet another report of the marginalization of feminist teachers and researchers, this edited volume includes 11 chapters both by feminists who have stayed within academia and by feminists who have moved on. The first third of the contributions emphasize the choices these women have made as feminists, and the consequences of those choices for their careers. The second third focuses on "changing definitions of psychological knowledge" and the development and use of feminist psychology (multiply defined) in teaching, research, and clinical practice. The empirical and positivist foundations of psychological research do not escape questioning. The last section chronicles feminist struggles in achieving political and organizational parity, and the use of a feminist approach with multiply disadvantaged clients. The highly personalized and well-written accounts make the volume highly readable and occasionally compelling. US audiences may appreciate the international comparison, though the difficulties facing British feminists may seem old struggles in certain regions of the US; British audiences will certainly find a lot to think about. Readable at any level. A. G. Halberstadt North Carolina State University

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