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Women and Psychology

Series Editor: Jane Ussher

This series brings together current theory and research on women and psychology. Drawing on scholarship from a number of different areas of psychology, it bridges the gap between abstract research and the reality of women's lives by integrating theory and practice, research and policy.

Each book addresses a 'cutting edge' issue of research, covering topics such as postnatal depression and eating disorders, and addressing a wide range of theories and methodologies.

The series provides accessible and concise accounts of key issues in the study of women and psychology, and clearly demonstrates the centrality of psychology debates within women's studies or feminism.

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11-20 of 33 results in Women and Psychology
  1. Maternal Encounters

    The Ethics of Interruption

    By Lisa Baraitser

    Series: Women and Psychology

    Winner of the 2009 Feminist & Women's Studies Association (UK & Ireland) Book Award! Many women find mothering a shocking experience in terms of the extremity of feelings it provokes, and the profound changes it seems to prompt in identity, relationship and sense of self. However,...

    Published October 31st 2008 by Routledge

  2. The Single Woman

    A Discursive Investigation

    By Jill Reynolds

    Series: Women and Psychology

    The increase in numbers of single people has been described as one of the greatest social phenomena of western society. Most women will spend periods of their lives alone, without a committed partner relationship. Yet there is still a degree of social stigma attached to this status. Single women...

    Published April 24th 2008 by Routledge

  3. Accounting for Rape

    Psychology, Feminism and Discourse Analysis in the Study of Sexual Violence

    By Irina Anderson, Kathy Doherty

    Series: Women and Psychology

    Accounting for Rape presents an original perspective on the subject of rape, focusing on both female and male sexual violence. The authors investigate everyday beliefs about rape, to examine how blaming the victim and the normalization of rape are achieved by people in a discussion about...

    Published November 29th 2007 by Routledge

  4. Sanctioning Pregnancy

    A Psychological Perspective on the Paradoxes and Culture of Research

    By Harriet Gross, Helen Pattison

    Series: Women and Psychology

    Pregnancy provides a very public, visual confirmation of femininity. It is a time of rapid physical and psychological adjustment for women and is surrounded by stereotyping, taboos and social expectations. This book seeks to examine these popular attitudes towards pregnancy and to consider how they...

    Published April 26th 2007 by Routledge

  5. The Capacity to Care

    Gender and Ethical Subjectivity

    By Wendy Hollway

    Series: Women and Psychology

    Wendy Hollway explores a subject that is largely absent from the topical literature on care. Humans are not born with a capacity to care, and this volume explores how this capacity is achieved through the experiences of primary care, gender development and later, parenting. In this book, the author...

    Published October 5th 2006 by Routledge

  6. Managing the Monstrous Feminine

    Regulating the Reproductive Body

    By Jane M. Ussher

    Series: Women and Psychology

    Managing the Monstrous Feminine takes a unique approach to the study of the material and discursive practices associated with the construction and regulation of the female body. Jane Ussher examines the ways in which medicine, science, the law and popular culture combine to produce fictions about...

    Published December 15th 2005 by Routledge

  7. Femininity and the Physically Active Woman

    By Precilla Y. L. Choi

    Series: Women and Psychology

    Why do fewer women than men exercise? What is the ‘sporty’ type? The fitness boom of the last two decades has led to many people incorporating exercise into their lifestyles through activities such as jogging and aerobics. However, whilst many physical and psychological health benefits have been...

    Published August 2nd 2005 by Routledge

  8. Body Work

    The Social Construction of Women's Body Image

    By Sylvia K. Blood

    Series: Women and Psychology

    Are scientific 'facts' about body image enough to define conceptions of normality? Reassessing Experimental Psychology from a critical perspective, Sylvia Blood demonstrates how its research into Body Image can be misused and prone to misuse. Classifying women who experience distress and anxiety...

    Published July 14th 2005 by Routledge

  9. Gender Talk

    Feminism, Discourse and Conversation Analysis

    By Susan A. Speer

    Series: Women and Psychology

    Gender Talk provides a powerful case for the application of discursive psychology and conversation analysis to feminism, guiding the reader through cutting edge debates and providing valuable evidence of the benefits of fine-grained, discursive methodologies. In particular, the book concentrates on...

    Published July 7th 2005 by Routledge

  10. Beauty and Misogyny

    Harmful Cultural Practices in the West

    By Sheila Jeffreys

    Series: Women and Psychology

    Should western beauty practices, ranging from lipstick to labiaplasty, be included within the United Nations understandings of harmful traditional/cultural practices? By examining the role of common beauty practices in damaging the health of women, creating sexual difference, and enforcing female...

    Published June 23rd 2005 by Routledge