Transforming Psychology: Gender in Theory and Practice

Hardcover | August 15, 2000

byStephanie Riger

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Over the last two decades, a rich, diverse, yet sometimes contradictory body of research has been gathered under the general rubric of "psychology of women." This burgeoning literature represents several disciplines, among them psychology, psychiatry, sociology, political science, and women'sstudies. To bring sense to this agglomeration of views, both for the layperson and the student, the author looks at research in this area as a social process and refutes the notion that science can be objective about its search for universal truths. She asks us to reflect on how we choose amongexplanations of behavior, calling the need to examine the psychology of women in a social and historical context. Throughout the book, Riger reveals how interpretive frameworks shape how we perceive research findings. Her central theme suggests that social factors shape the meaning and experience ofbiological femaleness.

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Over the last two decades, a rich, diverse, yet sometimes contradictory body of research has been gathered under the general rubric of "psychology of women." This burgeoning literature represents several disciplines, among them psychology, psychiatry, sociology, political science, and women'sstudies. To bring sense to this agglomeratio...

Stephanie Riger is Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Format:HardcoverPublished:August 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195074661

ISBN - 13:9780195074666

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Table of Contents

Part I: Knowing Gender1. Introduction2. Epistemological Debates, Feminist Voices: Science, Social Values, and the Study of Women3. Rethinking the Distinction between Sex and Gender4. From Snapshots to Videotape: New Directions in Research on Gender Differences5. Women's Agency in Context6. Working Together: Challenges in Collaborative Research on Violence against Women7. Ways of Knowing and Community ResearchPart II: Gender, Policies, and Practices8. Gender Dilemmas in Sexual Harassment Policies and Procedures9. What's Wrong with Empowerment?10. Women in Management: An Exploration of Competing Paradigms11. Low-Paying Jobs for Women: By Discrimination or by Choice?12. Challenges of Success: Stages of Growth in Feminist Organizations13. The Impact of Welfare Reform on Men's Violence against WomenNotesName IndexSubject Index

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"This book offers. . .a 'greatest hits' if you will---that bring together and organize highlights of her work in a way that will appeal to any audience. Those new to Riger's thoughts and ideas will quickly discover why her scholarship has been so influential in feminist psychology. Thosefamiliar with her writings will appreciate a volume that gathers them together in a cohesive, integrated fashion. The text works both as an introduction to the issues and as in insightful review and integration. New and informed readers will come away thinking about gender from a differentperspective. . . Few will regret taking the time to consider and digest Riger's ideas. Indeed, the text will likely be a well-used resource by feminist psychologists for many years to come."--Psychology of Women Quarterly