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Toward a Feminist Developmental Psychology

1st Edition

Edited by Patricia H. Miller, Ellin Kofsky Scholnick


318 pages

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


"A sparkling set of essays at the confluence of developmental psychology and feminist theory. This sophisticated collection bubbles over with provocative and vigorously argued ideas, novel questions, and innovative modes of inquiry. It's a gem." -- Jeanne Maracek, Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of the Women's Studies Program at Swarthmore College

"Miller and Scholnick's book is cause for celebration: at long last, a feminist perspective on developmental psychology. The ideas presented in this book transform the study of sex differences." -- Peggy Miller, Professor of Psychology and Speech Communication at the University of Illinois

"Toward a Feminist Developmental Psychology combines critical analysis with generative, positive frameworks for improving both theory and practice." -- Erica Burman, Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at The Manchester Metropolitan University

Table of Contents

I. Feminist Perspectives and Developmental Psychology: What are the Issues?

1. Introduction: Beyond Gender as a Variable

Patricia H. Miller and Ellin Kofsky Scholnick

2. Feminist Theories: Implications for Developmental Psychology

Sue V. Rosser and Patricia H. Miller

3. Engendering Development: Metaphors of Change

Ellin Kofsky Scholnick

II. Cognitive Development: Embedded, Connected, and Situated

4. The Development of Interconnected Thinking

Patricia H. Miller

5. Entering a Community of Minds: "Theory of Mind" from a Feminist Standpoint

Katherine Nelson, Sarah Henseler, and Daniela Plesa

6. Accuracy, Authority, and Voice: Feminist Perspectives on Autobiographical Memory

Robyn Fivush

7. A Feminist Perspective on the Devlopment of Self-Knowledge

Melissa K. Welch-Ross

III. Revisioning Social and Cognitive Development

8. The Social Construction and Socialization of Gender during Development

Campbell Leaper

9. Toward a Gender-Balanced Approach to the Study of Social-Emotional Development: A Look at Relational Aggression

Nicki R. Crick and Amanda J. Rose

10. Gender Essentialism in Cognitive Development

Susan A. Gelman and Marianne G. Taylor

11. Positionality and Thought: On the Gendered Foundations of Thought, Culture, and Development

Rachel Joffe Falmagne

12. Naming, Naturalizing, Normalizing: "The Child" as Fact and Artifact

Lorraine Code

IV. The Other Half of the Partnership: Developmental Psychology Can Inform Feminism

13. Engendering Development - Developing Feminism: Defining the Partnership

Ellin Kofsky Scholnick and Patricia H. Miller

About the Editors

Patricia H. Miller is Professor of Psychology and an affiliate member in Women's Studies at the University of Florida. She is the author of Theories of Developmental Psychology and co-author of Cognitive Development and Conceptual Development: Piaget's Legacy

Ellin Kofsky Scholnick is Professor of Psychology and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Maryland at College Park. She is a co-author of The Developmental Psychology of Planning: Why, How, and When Do We Plan?, Blueprints for Thinking: The Role of Planning in Cognitive Development, and Conceptual Development: Piaget's Legacy.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health