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.

Gaze and the Naked Maja: Si(gh)tes for Controversy

Gaze and the naked maja: Si(gh)tes for controversy


Signification of Embodiment

When Mind Meets Matter

The Female Body and the Male Gaze

Eating Humble Pie

Power of Mystification

Stripped Tease Pays Off

Female Gaze

Blind Eye in a Vortex of Desire

Naked or Nude

The Power of the B(r)ush

Binary and Bodies

Pinning a Wench to the Wall

In Pursuit of Entitlements

The titles of the chapter suggest the direction for the reading(s) that might follow. These seven candidates encapsulate seven different narrative possibilities; each paragraph that follows contributes more and less to the satisfaction of each. One might argue that this strategy of multiple titles is very efficient. Seven stories in the space of one. Those who are easily bored might be encouraged to mix the messages within multiple ...

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