Bringing Cultural Diversity to Feminist Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice

Bringing Cultural Diversity to Feminist Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice

Bringing Cultural Diversity to Feminist Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice

Bringing Cultural Diversity to Feminist Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice

Synopsis

Leaders in feminist psychology have increasingly stressed the need to pay greater attention to cultural diversity among women and to integrate this awareness into teaching, theory building, research, and practice. This book responds by focusing on the empirical and practice based implications of recognizing such diversity in the psychology of women. Areas explored include child development and gender socialization, psychotherapy and clinical supervision, health psychology, and contemporary issues such as sexual harassment and pornography.

Excerpt

It is an honor and a pleasure to have been asked to write the Foreword for this outstanding book. This book deals directly with the most challenging issues within feminist psychology, raises urgent and necessary questions about the situation of "woman" in cultures, large or small, and attempts to provide some preliminary, testable answers. The contributors to this book address issues that are vital to the continued health and vitality of feminist psychology. They ask us to consider the impact that serious attention to women's ethnicity, and recognition of the reality of our multiculturalism, will have on the research questions we ask, who we study, where we search for answers, how we ask our questions, our process and analyses, our theories of gender, our conceptions of power, and our practice as teachers, counselors, therapists, administrators, consultants, and social activists.

My pride in this book has two personal sources beyond that of being a small part of the brilliant group of scholars whose contributions comprise it. Hope Landrine, the book's editor and "mother," is one of my former graduate students, and it is with awe and delight that I watch her continuing growth as a feminist theorist and researcher. This book also is an indirect product of a goal I set when I first became president of the Psychology of Women Division (Division 35) of the American Psychological Association: to encourage ethnic diversity in our leadership and, as a primary focus of our activities, our research, teaching, and practice. I urged the division's members to take seriously the words we had carefully and clearly drafted for our membership brochure: "Division 35 provides a forum for the development of a comprehensive and multi-cultural approach to understanding the psychological and social realities of women." In practicing feminist psychology, these words were only sometimes reflected in our work, and this was especially true of those of us who were not women of color.

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