The Psychological Development of Girls and Women
Rethinking change in time, 2nd Edition
Routledge – 2015 – 224 pages
Series: Women and Psychology
This thoroughly revised new edition updates Sheila Greene's original transformative account of the psychological development of girls and women, and the central role of time in shaping human experience. Greene critically reviews traditional and contemporary theoretical approaches – ranging from orthodox psychoanalysis to relational and post-modern theories – and argues that even those which claim to focus on development have presented a view of women's lives as fixed and determined by their nature or their past. These theories, she believes, should be rejected because of their inherent lack of validity and their frequently oppressive implications for women.
Essential but often neglected insights from the more compelling developmental and feminist theories are woven together within a theoretical framework that emphasizes temporality, emergence, and human agency. The result is a liberating theory of women's psychological development as constantly emerging and changing in time rather than as static and fixed by their nature, socio-cultural context, and personal history.
Updated for a new generation of readers, The Psychological Development of Girls and Women will continue to be essential reading for students and researchers in the psychology of women, developmental psychology, and women's studies.
Praise for the first edition
"An important corrective to 'malestream' developmental psychology. Deserves to be standard reading on all developmental psychology courses." – Valerie Walkerdine, Centre for Critical Psychology, University of Western Sydney, Australia
"Greene’s argument for greater cohesion between the psychology of women and developmental psychology fields motivates the reader to reconsider notions of women and girls. The book provides researchers and educators new ways of understanding and promoting diversity and independence for girls and women." – Annette Hatcher Parkerson in Educational Researcher, Vol 33, No 6
1. Introduction: Building blocks for a critical analysis 2. Developmental psychology: New perspectives 3. Female development: Traditional approaches 4. Woman-centred developmental theories 5. Biology and the changing body 6. The making of the female self 7. Social change and social clocks 8. Thinking about time and the psychological development of girls and women
Sheila Greene is Professor and Fellow Emeritus at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, where she was co-founder of the Children’s Research Centre and the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies. Her research interests include the psychology of women and gender, child development and children’s issues, and developmental theory.