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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.

Gendered Narratives: Bodies under Construction
Gendered narratives: Bodies under construction

A body ″is not the juicy mortal flesh itself, but a linguistic sign for a complex structure of belief and practice through which I and many of my fellow citizens organize a great deal of life.

—Donna Haraway (1997, p. 217)

The body is among our cultural artifacts rather than our natural objects. … Bodily inscriptions …[are] the corporealization of culture.

—Katharine Young (1993, p. 5)

I am truly distinct from my body, and … I can exist without it.

—Rene Descartes, Sixth Meditation (quoted in Keller, 1992, p. 148)

I'm just a material girl.

—Madonna

How shall the Body be brought into this conversation? There are many controversies about this question. Though critics of social constructionism agree that social categories such as status, ...

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