Black Feminist Theory and Critical Psychology
Race, Gender and Social Change
By Suryia Nayak
Routledge – 2014 – 160 pages
Series: Concepts for Critical Psychology
This book re-thinks psychological disciplinary boundaries by aligning critical psychology with Black feminist theory, and in particular by asking critical psychologists to consider the work of the writer, poet and activist, Audre Lorde. The book looks at Lorde’s political essays, speeches, poetry and autobiographical works, and discusses them in line with current research being undertaken in the fields of critical psychology and psychosocial studies. Lorde's work explores issues such as identity, alienation, trauma, loss, the relationship between the internal and external world, the position and constitution of the individual within relationships, the family, community and society.
Using Lorde as a lens of critical analysis on psychology brings unexpected conceptual and methodological resources to bear on the contemporary crisis in psychology, The book discusses areas of critical psychology such as individualism, essentialism and normalisation. It also addresses debates at the heart of thinking about the political agenda of psychology, and finally the method and practice of bringing Lorde’s work to the table of critical psychology forces us to ask why some theoretical lenses are more expected or unexpected than others.
The book will be suitable for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of critical psychology, psycho-social studies and feminist psychology as well as students in related areas such as women's studies, postcolonial studies and social work.
1. Introduction: Race, Gender and Social Change 2. Methodology 3. The Problem of Borderlines 4. The Constitutive Outside 5. Social Sructures Create Psychic Structures 6. Silence 7. Mimicry 8. Intertextuality: Case Notes and the (auto)Biographical 9. Critical Psychology Founded on Black Feminism Without Borders