At what costs do feminist perspectives join with psychology to revise and improve it? Where does a feminist psychological practice fit in with feminist movements and campaigns? How can feminist psychological practice address issues of difference between women in meaningful ways? An international group of key feminist psychologists use a range of perspectives to explore the relationship between feminist politics and psychological practices in different countries. Deconstructing Feminist Psychology critiques feminist practice within psychology and reflects the diversity of feminist struggles around psychology internationally. It is the first volume of its kind, with chapters written by feminist psychologists in ætransnationalÆ and post-colonial contexts (of South Africa, Serbia, and Puerto Rico), from distinct European traditions of critical psychology and womenÆs studies (of Spain and Germany), as well as psychologyÆs colonial center in the U.S. Issues of race, class, and sexuality figure centrally in the discussions around the politics of feminist practice in psychology. Both timely and engaging, this book makes a major contribution to debates about feminist politics and practice in diverse geo-politics arenas. It will be essential reading for academics and practitioners in psychology and students of feminist psychology.
Chapter 2: Feminist Psychology or the History of a Non-Feminist Practice
Feminist Psychology or the History of a Non-Feminist Practice
If the existence of feminist psychology is to be useful, it could only be justified by a real capacity for social critique and by the exercise of action capable of transforming existing power relations between men and women, that is to say, between people in general. This implied doubt as to the need for an area of knowledge called feminist psychology stems from the reality of the ‘individualism’ which largely predominates in psychology and from the ‘particularism’ associated with some feminist positions. These are two highly contradictory characteristics with regard to the basic objective and social change which feminist practice pursues, whether it be in academic or ...