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 III: A Closing: Invitations to Commence
As we come to an ending place, and the dialogues contained and commenced within continue, there are more words that I would like to add. Endless streams of possibilities appear before me at this watershed moment. Perhaps my reluctance to close is about never having to say goodbye. The chapters here have heralded both gains and losses that are in store for all of us who want to travel along the untrod paths leading into the predictable, unpredictable postmodern future. The postmodern moment has proclaimed the loss of the grand narratives and, with this, the end of the search for the final answers, truths, theories, or ways of discovering them. Everything is not going to be ...