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 9: Through a Lens, Darkly
Through a Lens, Darkly
Taking feminism to mean asserting opposition to male power and privilege, what, more particularly, has ‘feminist psychology’ to offer women in South Africa (SA)? We explore this as it has, and has not, been evident in our own experience at our university, and viewing the recent historical and current status of South African psychological studies of issues related to women's oppression in the local literature. Against the background of major socio-political change, the paucity of feminist ideas in psychology, even in progressive sites, is remarkable.
It has been uncomfortable criticizing the work of our colleagues and friends. However, in noticing what others have and have not done we are forced to recognize and acknowledge our own roles and have ...