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Feminism and Discourse

Feminism and Discourse
Psychological Perspectives

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October 1995 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book provides a showcase for a wide range of discourse analytical work in psychology from a feminist perspective. It constitutes a thorough critical evaluation of this approach for the feminist project of intellectual, social and political change.

Leading researchers explore the benefits and contradictions of discourse analysis and consider its value for feminist psychology. The first part of the book illustrates the application of discourse analysis to four key topics of feminist concern: adolescent knowledge about menstruation; sexual harassment; gendered representations of childhood; and anorexia nervosa. The second part contains five assessments of the usefulness of discourse analysis - both as theory and as method - for feminists.

Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger
Kathryn Matthews Lovering
The Bleeding Body
Adolescents Talk about Menstruation

Celia Kitzinger and Alison Thomas
Sexual Harassment
A Discursive Approach

Erica Burman
`What Is It?' Masculinity and Femininity in Cultural Representations of Childhood
Julie Hepworth and Christine Griffin
Conflicting Opinions? `Anorexia Nervosa', Medicine and Feminism
Wendy Hollway
Feminist Discourses and Women's Heterosexual Desire
Sue Widdicombe
Identity, Politics and Talk
A Case for the Mundane and the Everyday

Margaret Wetherell
Romantic Discourse and Feminist Analysis
Interrogating Investment, Power and Desire

Corinne Squire
Pragmatism, Extravagance and Feminist Discourse Analysis
Rosalind Gill
Relativism, Reflexivity and Politics
Interrogating Discourse Analysis from a Feminist Perspective


`I find the issues raised by these contributors to be both interesting and significant' - Language and Literature

`Whether you are a feminist psychologist or simply a psychologist engaging with the challenges of discourse analytic work, this book is highly recommended... this is the first text of its kind dealing specifically with discourse analysis from a feminist psychological perspective... [a] long overdue collection. As a seminal work adding to the debate surrounding discourse analysis, it is a vital book for anyone engaged in discursive and/or feminist psychological work' - The Psychologist

`This much-needed project brings together the newest scholarship on the intersection of discourse analysis, feminism and psychology... a stimulating and complex picture of the state of theory and practice in politically progressive psychological discourse analysis' - Discourse & Society

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