inequitous discipline itself. The methods and assumptions of psychology, in particular its claim to be objective, value-free and apolitical, have been challenged by some feminists who have recommended a more democratic research process with an emphasis upon qualitative methods. While some feminists have promoted such a move within psychology, others doubt that the fundamental assumptions of psychology and feminism are ultimately compatible.


Further reading

b
Bem, S.L. (1993) The Lenses of Gender: Transforming the Debate on Sexual Inequality, New Haven: Yale University Press. An engaging book, drawing on examples from everyday life to illustrate the gender ‘lenses’ through which we view the world.

h
Henriques, J., Hollway, W., Urwin, C., Venn, C. and Walkerdine, V. (1984) Changing the Subject: Psychology, Social Regulation and Subjectivity, London and New York: Methuen. This collection ofchapters examines the way that psychology constructs us as its ‘subjects’. The areas of work, racism, child psychology, gender and power relations are covered, and it includes a chapter on the construction of the ‘subject’ in psychology. The chapters do vary in their accessibility, however .

w
Wilkinson, S. (ed.) (1986) Feminist Social Psychology, Milton Keynes: Open University Press. Now a classic collection of chapters showing how feminism might transform the practice of social psychology.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Series Preface vii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Chapter 1 - Key Issues and Perspectives 1
  • Further Reading 23
  • Chapter 2 - Gender Differences in Personality 25
  • Chapter 3 - Education 51
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  • Further Reading 98
  • Chapter 5 - Representations and Language 99
  • Further Reading 122
  • Chapter 6 - Gender and Psychological Research 123
  • Further Reading 144
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