Psychology of women

Questions of politics and practice

Authored by: Rose Capdevila , Lisa Lazard

Handbook of Critical Psychology

Print publication date:  April  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9781848722187
eBook ISBN: 9781315726526
Adobe ISBN: 9781317537182

10.4324/9781315726526.ch20

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Abstract

In 1968 Naomi Weisstein wrote that ‘Psychology has nothing to say about what women are really like, what they need and what they want, especially because psychology does not know’ (1968/1993: 197). This quote might well be the most cited declaration in the story of ‘the psychology of women’. Integral to critical engagements with mainstream psychology has been the conviction that psychology has failed spectacularly to have anything to say about women, or indeed anyone who varied from the white, Western, middle-class, heterosexual, able-bodied, male. It was in response to mainstream psychology’s conceptualization of this normalized individualized subject that the psychology of women began to form, many decades ahead of Weisstein’s cogent and classic challenge.

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