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.

Straight Talk: An Introduction
Straight talk: An introduction

I am tempted to call this brief introduction the seduction. Despite the title, this straight talk is not about sex, lies, or even videotape. This siren call is placed here to offer an enticement into a particular orientation that has kept this book in my dreams, fantasies, and thoughts for a long time. As I endeavor to create an origin myth for the beginnings of this book, I look back to a moment of epiphany in which I said to myself, “What if?” What if one took seriously the critiques of science that had been converging on psychology since the revival of Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions in 1970? What if one tried to reconfigure psychology so ...

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