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 8: Towards a Communicative Feminist Psychology
Towards a Communicative Feminist Psychology
Perceiving, thinking and researching are processes taking place in a context in which at least two focuses can be differentiated: first, a psychological agency, which has the role of subject; secondly, the objects of its perception or thinking. This subject-object model expresses a common experience in different activities ranging from dreaming of something to social interaction with somebody. It can also cover changes of the same activity over time and under various socio-cultural conditions. Such an epistemological function of the subject-object model allows for treating it as a general model.
This general model is a starting point for my approach to the theme of this book – deconstructing feminist psychology. The theme identifies an object of investigation ...