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.
Chapter 1: The Emergence of Feminist Postmodern Psychology
The Emergence of Feminist Postmodern Psychology
If you come to a crossroads, take them!
Inviting readers into an appreciation of feminist postmodern psychology in just one chapter is a formidable challenge. (As I revise it for the hundredth time, I realize it could have been a book in itself.) My aim is to tell the story of feminist psychology from the traditional empiricist approach of the 1970s, through the introduction of the feminist standpoint position in the 1980s, and finally to the radical disjuncture of the postmodern turn in the 1990s. Many versions of this history can be and have been told1; this is one that serves to emphasize the evolving nature of feminist psychology in terms of its ...