Women Voicing Resistance
Discursive and Narrative Explorations
Edited by Suzanne McKenzie-Mohr, Michelle Lafrance
Routledge – 2014 – 232 pages
Series: Women and Psychology
Feminist scholars have demonstrated how ‘dominant discourses’ and ‘master narratives’ frequently reflect patriarchal influence, thereby distorting and depoliticizing women’s storying of their own lives. In this groundbreaking volume a number of internationally recognized researchers, working across a range of disciplines, provide a detailed examination of women’s attempts to counter-story their lives when prevailing discourses are unhelpful or, indeed, harmful. As such, it is an exploration of women’s agency and resistance, which highlights the challenges and complexities of such discursive work.
The chapters explore women’s resistance across a wide range of experiences, including: intimate partner violence, casual sex, depression, premenstrual change, disordered eating, lesbian identity, women’s work in male-dominated spaces, rape, and child birth. Each chapter combines theoretical analyses with illuminating first-hand accounts, and elaborates practical implications that provide directions for individual and social change.
Providing an incisive and comprehensive exploration of discourse, oppression and resistance, that cuts across domains of women’s everyday lives, Women Voicing Resistance will be of great interest to students, scholars and practitioners in the fields of psychology, gender studies, women’s studies, sociology, and social work.
Lafrance and McKenzie-Mohr, Introduction. DeVault, Language for troubles talk. Jane Ussher & Janette Perz , PMS as a process of negotiation: Women’s strategies of coping and resistance for premenstrual change and distress. Rickett, ‘Girly-girls’, ‘professional women’ and ‘hard women’. Negotiating and resisting hegemonic femininities in non-traditional work space. Boonzaier, Talking against dominance: South African women resisting hegemonic discourse in narratives of violence. Gibson, Beyond coming out: Lesbians’ (alternative) stories of sexual identity told in postapartheid South Africa. Lafrance, Listening between and beyond words: Disrupting discourses in speaking of sadness. Chadwick, Bodies talk: The challenges of hearing childbirth counterstories. Brown, Untangling self-management discourse from women’s body talk: Externalizing the social construction of feelings connected to regulated self-identity. Farvid, "Oh it was good sex!": Desire and pleasure in heterosexual women’s accounts of casual sex. McKenzie-Mohr, Taking up tools for narrative repair: Women’s navigation of the post-rape process toward living well. McKenzie-Mohr and Lafrance, Conclusion.
Suzanne McKenzie-Mohr is Associate Professor in the school of social work at St. Thomas University in Canada. Before accepting a faculty position in 2003, she had been practicing social work in shelters, health services, and counselling centres. Her research interests include women's experiences of rape, trauma and youth homelessness, women’s use of counter-stories in response to oppressive conditions, and narrative care with older adults.
Michelle N. Lafrance is Professor of Psychology at St. Thomas University in Canada. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of critical and feminist psychology, including women’s experiences of depression, and the social construction of distress, gender, and sexuality.