Feminist Reconstructions in Psychology introduces a distinctive new mode in doing psychology. This psychology is based on an increasingly popular range of ideas called social constructionism. Within the book, new forms of theory and methods of inquiry relating social constructionism to feminist topics are introduced. Each chapter highlights different topics of special concern within gender studies, especially the psychology of women. The book draws from the central tenets of postmodern inquiry, as played out in the positive framework of social constructionism. Emphasized are reflexivity, the social basis of reality making, the breakdown of traditional narrative forms, the loss of objectivity as a scientific standard, and the possibilities for new forms of doing research. In this respect, the book is unique and serves to provide a point of view on an intriguing movement that is gaining momentum across the social sciences and humanities.
Part II: Performative Psychology: Whys and Whereabouts
The last two chapters of this volume are forms of theatrical presentations that have been developed in recent years under the rubric of performative psychology. As mentioned in the introductory chapter, performative psychology serves as a medium through which psychology as a discipline is expanding. The turn toward the performative is correlated with the breakdown in the assumption of traditional science that language is an accurate reflection of reality. It is important to acknowledge that the gap cannot be bridged between what there is in the so-called “real world” and how we present it in symbolic terms. If this is so, then there is no one right way of presentation, no privileged vocabulary, not even the ...