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Women and Psychology

About the Series

This series brings together current theory, research and practice 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, covering topics such as postnatal depression, abortion, pregnancy, sexual violence, mothering, madness or eating disorders. Authors draw on a wide range of theories and approaches – including post-structuralism, social constructionism, psychoanalysis, social cognition, development psychology, and intersectionality. Some books include research data, primarily of a qualitative nature, others focus on theory or practice.

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.
If you are interested in contributing a book to the series, contact the series editor for information about the process of submitting a proposal: [email protected]

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Reframing Trauma Through Social Justice Resisting the Politics of Mainstream Trauma Discourse

Reframing Trauma Through Social Justice: Resisting the Politics of Mainstream Trauma Discourse

1st Edition


Edited By Catrina Brown
July 31, 2024

This cross-disciplinary volume examines and reframes trauma as a social and political issue in the context of wider society, critiquing the widely accepted pathologizing of trauma and violence in current discourse. Rooted in critical social theory, this insightful text reinvokes the critiques and ...

Trans Reproductive and Sexual Health Justice, Embodiment and Agency

Trans Reproductive and Sexual Health: Justice, Embodiment and Agency

1st Edition

Edited By Damien W. Riggs, Jane Ussher, Kerry H. Robinson, Shoshana Rosenberg
December 22, 2022

Focusing on reproductive and sexual justice, this important book explores in detail both the challenges that trans people face when negotiating reproductive and sexual health in restrictive social contexts, and their agency in advocating for change. Chapters cover a breadth of topics such as ...

Postfeminism and Body Image

Postfeminism and Body Image

1st Edition

By Sarah Riley, Adrienne Evans, Martine Robson
July 29, 2022

Postfeminism and Body Image is a groundbreaking work that provides a poststructuralist and psychosocial analysis of key issues at the intersections of body image, psychology and media. The book outlines the theoretical framework through the work of renowned philosophers, Michel Foucault and Gilles ...

The Maternal Experience Encounters with Ambivalence and Love

The Maternal Experience: Encounters with Ambivalence and Love

1st Edition

By Margo Lowy
November 30, 2020

The Maternal Experience explores the powerful and dynamic nature of maternal ambivalence and disrupts the conventional narrative of the mother’s lived experience by arguing that encounters with feelings of hatred are both universal and have the capacity to stimulate and enrich her maternal love. ...

Women, Sex, and Madness Notes from the Edge

Women, Sex, and Madness: Notes from the Edge

1st Edition

By Breanne Fahs
August 05, 2019

Covering a wide variety of subjects and points of inquiry on women's sexuality, from genital anxieties about pubic hair to constructions of the body in the therapy room, this book offers a ground-breaking examination of women, sex, and madness, drawing from psychology, gender and sexuality studies,...

Domestic Violence and Psychology Critical Perspectives on Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse

Domestic Violence and Psychology: Critical Perspectives on Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse

2nd Edition

By Paula Nicolson
January 29, 2019

Despite changes to laws and policies across most western democracies intended to combat violence to women, intimate partner violence and abuse (IPVA) remains discouragingly commonplace. Domestic Violence and Psychology: Critical Perspectives on Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse showcases women’s...

Just Sex? The Cultural Scaffolding of Rape

Just Sex?: The Cultural Scaffolding of Rape

2nd Edition

By Nicola Gavey
October 24, 2018

In the award-winning Just Sex? The Cultural Scaffolding of Rape, Nicola Gavey provides an extensive commentary on the existing literature on rape, analysing recent research to examine the psychological and cultural conditions of possibility for contemporary sexual violence. Just Sex? argues that ...

Bodies that Birth Vitalizing Birth Politics

Bodies that Birth: Vitalizing Birth Politics

1st Edition

By Rachelle Chadwick
March 13, 2018

Bodies that Birth puts birthing bodies at the centre of questions about contemporary birth politics, power, and agency. Arguing that the fleshy and embodied aspects of birth have been largely silenced in social science scholarship, Rachelle Chadwick uses an array of birth stories, from diverse ...

Mothering Babies in Domestic Violence Beyond Attachment Theory

Mothering Babies in Domestic Violence: Beyond Attachment Theory

1st Edition

By Fiona Buchanan
October 20, 2017

This unique book offers an innovative feminist critique of attachment theory that offers an alternative understanding of relationships between women and their babies in domestic violence. Fiona Buchanan identifies a way forward for working with women, babies and people who have grown up with ...

Adopted Women and Biological Fathers Reimagining stories of origin and trauma

Adopted Women and Biological Fathers: Reimagining stories of origin and trauma

1st Edition

By Elizabeth Hughes
March 03, 2017

Adopted Women and Biological Fathers offers a critical and deconstructive challenge to the dominant notions of adoptive identity. The author explores adoptive women’s experiences of meeting their biological fathers and reflects on personal narratives to give an authoritative overview of both the ...

Femininity and the Physically Active Woman

Femininity and the Physically Active Woman

1st Edition

By Precilla Y. L. Choi
October 20, 2000

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 documented, far too few people actually take part in enough ...

Beauty and Misogyny Harmful cultural practices in the West

Beauty and Misogyny: Harmful cultural practices in the West

2nd Edition

By Sheila Jeffreys
December 06, 2014

The new edition of Beauty and Misogyny revisits and updates Sheila Jeffreys' uncompromising critique of Western beauty practice and the industries and ideologies behind it. Jeffreys argues that beauty practices are not related to individual female choice or creative expression, but represent ...

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