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.

Rethinking Role Theory and its Aftermath

Rethinking Role Theory and its Aftermath

Rethinking role theory and its aftermath
Heidi J. FigueroaSarriera

The assumptions of Role Theory (RT) have guided research agendas across the social sciences, particularly within sociology, social psychology, anthropology and feminist studies. Since the 1960s, the paradigm associated with the notion of ‘sex roles’ in feminist studies has been the key reference point for any research that was to be considered ‘politically correct feminism’ within academic circles and the militant-feminist political scene. This chapter will dispute the usefulness of this paradigm by developing the following argument: that the epistemological basis and political implications of RT represent both a continuity and a discontinuity with respect to the project of modernity. Notwithstanding how RT has been subject to criticism, it is important to ...

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