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Tim Kurz & Ngaire Donaghue

In: The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Psychology

Chapter 5: Gender and Discourse

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Gender and Discourse
Gender and Discourse
Tim KurzNgaire Donaghue
Introduction

Historically, women have tended to be ignored in psychological research, or, when attention hasbeen paid, it has been to document the ways in which women deviated from the ‘normal’male subject of psychological research. Inspired by the critiques of second wave feminism, in the1970s and 1980s psychologists began listening to women’s voices using qualitative methods.While this attention to women’s voices was important and overdue, straightforward descriptionof women’s accounts of their own experiences misses other aspects of the wider experience ofliving in a gendered world. Voices speak in languages, and the kinds of discourses that areavailable in the languages with which we speak shape and limit what we can say about ourexperience.

Discursive approaches in psychology arose as part of ...

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