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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.

Social Ghosts: Opening Inquiry on Imaginal Relationships
Social ghosts: Opening inquiry on imaginal relationships

Your own elders sing inside you like a cicada:

Talking to a ghost is the best way to greet yourself.

—Craig Williamson1

As I have emphasized throughout the book, feminist psychology has been characterized by a greater openness to diverse topics and methods than many other areas in psychology. The previous chapters have pursued these indulgences by emphasizing theoretical and critical pursuits, narrative projects, and discourse analysis of a discussion group. This chapter fleshes out a topic that has rarely received attention in any area of psychology, and as such it is a highly speculative constructionist effort on my part. The chapter involves bringing together diverse linguistic strands to birth a new discursive entity—in this ...

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