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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.

Talking about Menopause: A Dialogue
Talking about menopause: A dialogue

Other: This chapter is constructed as a coauthored conversation with two voices marked “Other” and “MG.” Perhaps the readers might like to know about who this “Other” you have invented is. We can all guess who MG is.

MG: The Other is the alterity, or better still, alterities, voices that are “not-me-as-writer.” You, as the Other, are the “free-floating” signifier, who never stays in one place for long. Sometimes you are the various shadow voices speaking to me as though reading over my shoulder. Your otherness at times speaks for a reader. And sometimes you become the uncontrollable other. I don't know where you come from or are going in moments like those.

Other: Why have you invented ...

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