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Feminism and Discourse
Psychological Perspectives

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October 1995 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Discourse analysis is now a key methodology in social psychology and is considered an important tool by feminist psychologists. Feminism and Discourse is not only representative of the diverse schools using discourse analysis but also offers an informed examination of the value and methodology for feminism and psychology. A critical introduction contextualizes the recent debates in discourse analysis and illustrates four topics of key feminist concern: adolescent knowledge about menstruation, sexual harassment, gendered representation, and anorexia nervosa. The second part of the book contains five assessments of the utility of discourse analysis--both as theory and as method. Feminism and Discourse constitutes both a showcase for a major area of contemporary feminist social psychology in Britain and a critical evaluation of discourse analysis for the feminist project of intellectual, social, and political change. This book is essential reading for discourse analysts across the social sciences and for feminist social psychologists. It will also be of interest to students in social psychology, the psychology of women, psychology and language, women's studies, linguistics, sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies.

Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger
Introduction
 
PART ONE: EMPIRICAL WORK
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
 
PART TWO: THEORETICAL ADVANCES
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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