Women and Psychology

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This series brings together current theory and research 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 of research, covering topics such as postnatal depression and eating disorders, and addressing a wide range of theories and methodologies.

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.

  • Domestic Violence and Psychology: Critical Perspectives on Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse book cover

    Domestic Violence and Psychology

    Critical Perspectives on Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse, 2nd Edition

    By Paula Nicolson

    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…

    Paperback – 2019-01-22
    Women and Psychology

  • Just Sex?: The Cultural Scaffolding of Rape book cover

    Just Sex?

    The Cultural Scaffolding of Rape, 2nd Edition

    By Nicola Gavey

    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…

    Paperback – 2018-10-25
    Women and Psychology

  • Bodies that Birth: Vitalizing Birth Politics book cover

    Bodies that Birth

    Vitalizing Birth Politics, 1st Edition

    By Rachelle Chadwick

    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…

    Paperback – 2018-03-08
    Women and Psychology

  • Mothering Babies in Domestic Violence: Beyond Attachment Theory book cover

    Mothering Babies in Domestic Violence

    Beyond Attachment Theory, 1st Edition

    By Fiona Buchanan

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-10-17
    Women and Psychology

  • Adopted Women and Biological Fathers: Reimagining stories of origin and trauma book cover

    Adopted Women and Biological Fathers

    Reimagining stories of origin and trauma, 1st Edition

    By Elizabeth Hughes

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-03-01
    Women and Psychology

  • Beauty and Misogyny: Harmful cultural practices in the West book cover

    Beauty and Misogyny

    Harmful cultural practices in the West, 2nd Edition

    By Sheila Jeffreys

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-12-03
    Women and Psychology

  • The Psychological Development of Girls and Women: Rethinking change in time book cover

    The Psychological Development of Girls and Women

    Rethinking change in time, 2nd Edition

    By Sheila Greene

    Choice Recommended Read This thoroughly revised new edition updates Sheila Greene's original transformative account of the psychological development of girls and women and the central role of time in shaping human experience. Greene critically reviews traditional and contemporary theoretical…

    Paperback – 2014-12-01
    Women and Psychology

  • Knowing Victims: Feminism, agency and victim politics in neoliberal times book cover

    Knowing Victims

    Feminism, agency and victim politics in neoliberal times, 1st Edition

    By Rebecca Stringer

    Knowing Victims explores the theme of victimhood in contemporary feminism and politics. It focuses on popular and scholarly constructions of feminism as ‘victim feminism’ – an ideology of passive victimhood that denies women’s agency – and provides the first comprehensive analysis of the debate…

    Paperback – 2014-06-12
    Women and Psychology

  • Women Voicing Resistance: Discursive and narrative explorations book cover

    Women Voicing Resistance

    Discursive and narrative explorations, 1st Edition

    Edited by Suzanne McKenzie-Mohr, Michelle N. Lafrance

    Feminist scholars have demonstrated how ‘dominant discourses’ and ‘master narratives’ frequently reflect patriarchal influence, thereby distorting and depoliticizing women’s storying of their own lives. In this groundbreaking volume a number of internationally recognized researchers, working across…

    Paperback – 2014-03-20
    Women and Psychology

  • Fat Lives: A Feminist Psychological Exploration book cover

    Fat Lives

    A Feminist Psychological Exploration, 1st Edition

    By Irmgard Tischner

    Ever caught somebody – or yourself – checking out the content of a ‘fat’ person’s supermarket trolley? Ever wondered what lies behind this behaviour, or what it might be like to be at the receiving end of this judging gaze? Within the context of the current ‘obesity debate’, this book…

    Paperback – 2012-10-26
    Women and Psychology

  • The Madness of Women: Myth and Experience book cover

    The Madness of Women

    Myth and Experience, 1st Edition

    By Jane M. Ussher, Jane Professor Ussher

    Nominated for the 2012 Distinguished Publication Award of the Association for Women in Psychology! Why are women more likely to be positioned or diagnosed as mad than men? If madness is a social construction, a gendered label, as many feminist critics would argue, how can we…

    Paperback – 2011-03-24
    Women and Psychology

  • 'Adolescence', Pregnancy and Abortion: Constructing a Threat of Degeneration book cover

    'Adolescence', Pregnancy and Abortion

    Constructing a Threat of Degeneration, 1st Edition

    By Catriona I. Macleod

    Winner of the Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor's Book Award 2012! Winner of the 2011 Distinguished Publication Award of the Association for Women in Psychology! Why, despite evidence to the contrary, does the narrative of the negative consequences of teenage pregnancy, abortion and childbearing…

    Paperback – 2010-06-30
    Women and Psychology

  • Domestic Violence and Psychology: A Critical Perspective book cover

    Domestic Violence and Psychology

    A Critical Perspective, 1st Edition

    By Paula Nicolson

    This book rethinks the way psychological knowledge of domestic violence has typically been constructed. It puts forward a psychological perspective which is both critical of the traditional ‘woman blaming’ stance, as well as being at odds with the feminist position that men are wholly to blame…

    Paperback – 2010-06-17
    Women and Psychology

  • Hard Knocks: Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Storytelling book cover

    Hard Knocks

    Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Storytelling, 1st Edition

    By Janice Haaken

    This book draws on interviews carried out over a period of eight years, as well as novels, films, and domestic violence literature, to explain the role of storytelling in the history of the battered women’s movement. The author shows how cultural contexts shape how stories about domestic abuse get…

    Paperback – 2010-04-28
    Women and Psychology

  • The Gendered Unconscious: Can Gender Discourses Subvert Psychoanalysis? book cover

    The Gendered Unconscious

    Can Gender Discourses Subvert Psychoanalysis?, 1st Edition

    By Louise Gyler

    Feminist interventions in psychoanalysis have often attempted either to subvert or re-frame the masculinist and phallocentric biases of Freud's psychoanalysis. This book investigates the nature of these interventions by comparing the status and treatment of women in two different psychoanalytic…

    Paperback – 2010-03-25
    Women and Psychology

  • Understanding the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse: Feminist Revolutions in Theory, Research and Practice book cover

    Understanding the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse

    Feminist Revolutions in Theory, Research and Practice, 1st Edition

    By Sam Warner

    Child sexual abuse is a global problem that negatively affects many women and girls. As such, it has long been of concern to feminists, and more recently mental health activists. This book draws on this revolutionary legacy, feminism and post-structuralism to critically examine current perceptions…

    Paperback – 2008-12-19
    Women and Psychology

  • Women and Depression: Recovery and Resistance book cover

    Women and Depression

    Recovery and Resistance, 1st Edition

    By Michelle N. Lafrance

    Women and Depression: Recovery and Resistance takes a welcome look at women’s experiences of living well after depression. Lafrance argues that the social construction of femininity is dangerous for women’s health, and ultimately, central to their experiences of depression. Beginning with a…

    Paperback – 2008-12-16
    Women and Psychology

  • Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption book cover

    Maternal Encounters

    The Ethics of Interruption, 1st Edition

    By Lisa Baraitser

    Winner of the 2009 Feminist & Women's Studies Association (UK & Ireland) Book Award! Many women find mothering a shocking experience in terms of the extremity of feelings it provokes, and the profound changes it seems to prompt in identity, relationship and sense of self. However,…

    Paperback – 2008-10-31
    Women and Psychology

  • The Single Woman: A Discursive Investigation book cover

    The Single Woman

    A Discursive Investigation, 1st Edition

    By Jill Reynolds

    The increase in numbers of single people has been described as one of the greatest social phenomena of western society. Most women will spend periods of their lives alone, without a committed partner relationship. Yet there is still a degree of social stigma attached to this status. Single women…

    Paperback – 2008-04-24
    Women and Psychology

  • Accounting for Rape: Psychology, Feminism and Discourse Analysis in the Study of Sexual Violence book cover

    Accounting for Rape

    Psychology, Feminism and Discourse Analysis in the Study of Sexual Violence, 1st Edition

    By Irina Anderson, Kathy Doherty

    Accounting for Rape presents an original perspective on the subject of rape, focusing on both female and male sexual violence. The authors investigate everyday beliefs about rape, to examine how blaming the victim and the normalization of rape are achieved by people in a discussion about…

    Paperback – 2007-11-29
    Women and Psychology

  • Sanctioning Pregnancy: A Psychological Perspective on the Paradoxes and Culture of Research book cover

    Sanctioning Pregnancy

    A Psychological Perspective on the Paradoxes and Culture of Research, 1st Edition

    By Harriet Gross, Helen Pattison

    Pregnancy provides a very public, visual confirmation of femininity. It is a time of rapid physical and psychological adjustment for women and is surrounded by stereotyping, taboos and social expectations. This book seeks to examine these popular attitudes towards pregnancy and to consider how they…

    Paperback – 2007-04-26
    Women and Psychology

  • The Capacity to Care: Gender and Ethical Subjectivity book cover

    The Capacity to Care

    Gender and Ethical Subjectivity, 1st Edition

    By Wendy Hollway

    Wendy Hollway explores a subject that is largely absent from the topical literature on care. Humans are not born with a capacity to care, and this volume explores how this capacity is achieved through the experiences of primary care, gender development and later, parenting. In this book, the author…

    Paperback – 2006-10-05
    Women and Psychology

  • Managing the Monstrous Feminine: Regulating the Reproductive Body book cover

    Managing the Monstrous Feminine

    Regulating the Reproductive Body, 1st Edition

    By Jane M. Ussher

    Managing the Monstrous Feminine takes a unique approach to the study of the material and discursive practices associated with the construction and regulation of the female body. Jane Ussher examines the ways in which medicine, science, the law and popular culture combine to produce fictions about…

    Paperback – 2005-12-15
    Women and Psychology

  • Body Work: The Social Construction of Women's Body Image book cover

    Body Work

    The Social Construction of Women's Body Image, 1st Edition

    By Sylvia K. Blood

    Are scientific 'facts' about body image enough to define conceptions of normality? Reassessing Experimental Psychology from a critical perspective, Sylvia Blood demonstrates how its research into Body Image can be misused and prone to misuse. Classifying women who experience distress and anxiety…

    Paperback – 2005-07-14
    Women and Psychology

  • Gender Talk: Feminism, Discourse and Conversation Analysis book cover

    Gender Talk

    Feminism, Discourse and Conversation Analysis, 1st Edition

    By Susan A Speer

    Gender Talk provides a powerful case for the application of discursive psychology and conversation analysis to feminism, guiding the reader through cutting edge debates and providing valuable evidence of the benefits of fine-grained, discursive methodologies. In particular, the book concentrates on…

    Paperback – 2005-07-07
    Women and Psychology

  • Woman's Relationship with Herself: Gender, Foucault and Therapy book cover

    Woman's Relationship with Herself

    Gender, Foucault and Therapy, 1st Edition

    By Helen O'Grady

    Woman's Relationship with Herself explores the relationship women have with themselves and demonstrates how this relationship is often dominated by debilitating practices of self-surveillance. Employing Foucault's notion of panoptical power, Helen O'Grady illuminates the link between this kind of…

    Paperback – 2004-12-09
    Women and Psychology

  • Just Sex?: The Cultural Scaffolding of Rape book cover

    Just Sex?

    The Cultural Scaffolding of Rape, 1st Edition

    By Nicola Gavey, Nicola Gavey

    Winner of the Association for Women In Psychology 2006 Distinguished Publication Award! The past two decades have witnessed a significant shift in how rape is understood in Western societies. This shift in perception has revealed the startling frequency of occurrences of date rape, obscuring…

    Paperback – 2004-12-09
    Women and Psychology

  • The Science/Fiction of Sex: Feminist Deconstruction and the Vocabularies of Heterosex book cover

    The Science/Fiction of Sex

    Feminist Deconstruction and the Vocabularies of Heterosex, 1st Edition

    By Annie Potts

    What can we learn from exploring the differences in male and female orgasmic experience? Is the penis an entity with a mind of its own? These issues and others, such as the popular portrayals of male sexuality as active and outwardly focused and female sexuality as passive and internally located,…

    Paperback – 2002-11-27
    Women and Psychology

  • Gender, Language and Discourse book cover

    Gender, Language and Discourse

    1st Edition

    By Ann Weatherall

    Is language sexist? Do women and men speak different languages?Gender, Language and Discourse uniquely examines the contribution that psychological research - in particular, discursive psychology - has made to answering these questions. Until now, books on gender and language have tended to be…

    Paperback – 2002-08-01
    Women and Psychology

  • Femininity and the Physically Active Woman book cover

    Femininity and the Physically Active Woman

    1st Edition

    By Precilla Y. L. Choi

    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…

    Paperback – 2000-08-24
    Women and Psychology

  • Understanding Depression: Feminist Social Constructionist Approaches book cover

    Understanding Depression

    Feminist Social Constructionist Approaches, 1st Edition

    By Janet Stoppard

    Women are particularly vulnerable to depression. Understanding Depression provides an in-depth critical examination of mainstream approaches to understanding and treating depression from a feminist perspective. Janet Stoppard argues that current approaches give only partial accounts of womens'…

    Paperback – 1999-11-11
    Women and Psychology

  • Women and Aging: Transcending the Myths book cover

    Women and Aging

    Transcending the Myths, 1st Edition

    By Linda R. Gannon

    Aging in women has traditionally been defined by the menopause, however it is often social and economic changes which are more important to women.In Aging in Women Linda Gannon redresses the balance. From a feminist perspective, she critically reviews current research and provides a more…

    Paperback – 1999-04-15
    Women and Psychology

  • Being Married, Doing Gender: A Critical Analysis of Gender Relationships in Marriage book cover

    Being Married, Doing Gender

    A Critical Analysis of Gender Relationships in Marriage, 1st Edition

    By Caroline Dryden

    In one of the first psychological studies of women in heterosexual relationships, Caroline Dryden examines the social context of their experiences and emotional struggles. Unlike the developmental literature in which women are studied only as mothers, or the clinical literature which has little…

    Paperback – 1998-12-10
    Women and Psychology

  • Post-Natal Depression: Psychology, Science and the Transition to Motherhood book cover

    Post-Natal Depression

    Psychology, Science and the Transition to Motherhood, 1st Edition

    By Paula Nicolson

    Post-Natal Depression challenges the expectation that it is normal to be a 'happy mother'. It provides a radical critique of the traditional medical and social science explanations of 'post natal depression' by supplying a systematic feminist psychological analysis of women's experiences following…

    Paperback – 1998-06-18
    Women and Psychology

  • The Thin Woman: Feminism, Post-structuralism and the Social Psychology of Anorexia Nervosa book cover

    The Thin Woman

    Feminism, Post-structuralism and the Social Psychology of Anorexia Nervosa, 1st Edition

    By Helen Malson

    The Thin Woman provides an in-depth discussion of anorexia nervosa from a feminist social psychological standpoint. Medicine, psychiatry and psychology have all presented us with particular ways of understanding eating disorders, yet the notion of 'anorexia' as a medical condition limits our…

    Paperback – 1997-11-13
    Women and Psychology

  • Re-thinking Abortion: Psychology, Gender and the Law book cover

    Re-thinking Abortion

    Psychology, Gender and the Law, 1st Edition

    By Mary Boyle

    Women have been able to have abortions legally for over 30 years. Yet few books have considered it as anything other than a health issue. Mary Boyle breaks this mould by considering the constructions of abortion in Western society. Drawing on ideas from sociology, politics, anthropology and law…

    Paperback – 1997-11-06
    Women and Psychology

  • The Menstrual Cycle book cover

    The Menstrual Cycle

    1st Edition

    By Anne Walker

    Anne Walker shows that women are neither the victims of raging hormonal fluctuations nor entirely unaffected by them. Unlike most previous publications that focus on menstruation (a part of the cycle), The Menstrual Cycle presents a well researched study of the entire menstrual cycle and its…

    Paperback – 1997-07-31
    Women and Psychology