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 7: Moving Beyond Morality and Identity
Moving Beyond Morality and Identity
In the 1960s, Lawrence Kohlberg formulated a theory of moral development that mirrored Piaget's six stages of intellectual development. Kohlberg's initial research, from which the theory was derived, was a longitudinal study of 84 boys whose responses to hypothetical moral dilemmas were coded in terms of the type of reasoning they used. Subsequent to the original study, Kohlberg and others extended his research model and stage theory to women. Results showed that men consistently reach a higher level of moral development than women. Carol Gilligan, a graduate student working with Kohlberg at the time, initiated a challenge to his findings and claims. According to her, Kohlberg's method was fraught with bias. Further, the ethic relative to ...