Rutherford, Alexandra; Capdevila, Rose; Undurti, Vindhya and Palmary, Ingrid
(2011). Feminisms and psychologies: multiple meanings, diverse practices, and forging possibilities in an age of globalization.
In: Rutherford, Alexandra; Capdevila, Rose; Undurti, Vindhya and Palmary, Ingrid eds.
Handbook of International Perspectives on Feminism: Perspectives on Psychology, Women, Culture, and Rights.
International and Cultural Psychology.
New York, USA: Springer, pp. 3–15.
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About the book:
Although feminism has influenced psychological theory and practice across much of the world, their intersection has rarely been an easy one - particularly in post-colonial, and more recently, globalizing and transnational contexts. The Handbook of International Feminisms offers a dynamic and nuanced picture of the diversity of feminism and its challenges around the world, both inside and outside of academia.
As seen in these pages, the very concept of ‘feminist psychology’ varies widely, as do the conditions under which it struggles or flourishes. Resistance to feminism may come from psychology in particular or the culture at large, in clashes between egalitarian ideals and longstanding cultural beliefs and practices that are inimical to women's interests. In some countries, the emergence of psychology and/or feminism is often seen as Western interference rather than welcome innovation. In others, activist psychologists are pressured to downplay aspects of their work or risk marginalization by the mainstream. Throughout this volume, the coverage is balanced between local context and global connection and commitment.
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