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 4: The Reciprocity of Psychology and Popular Culture
The Reciprocity of Psychology and Popular Culture
Within contemporary academic psychology in the USA, few would argue that feminist perspectives are actively suppressed, or even marginalized in any ordinary sense of the word. Indeed, it is remarkable how thoroughly institutionalized the ‘psychology of women’ has become in the three decades since the field began to emerge (Unger and Crawford, 1996). Several journals published by respectable academic presses reach a wide circulation. Just over half of US colleges and university psychology departments offer courses on women and gender, including 172 graduate programmes. Textbooks and anthologies of readings for these courses have proliferated; at least one is now in its fifth edition, and dozens are in print. Feminist organizations have flourished ...