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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]

37 Series Titles

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The Maternal Experience Encounters with Ambivalence and Love

The Maternal Experience: Encounters with Ambivalence and Love

1st Edition


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

Breanne Fahs
August 20, 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

Paula Nicolson
January 22, 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

Nicola Gavey
October 25, 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

Rachelle Chadwick
March 08, 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

Fiona Buchanan
October 17, 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

Elizabeth Hughes
March 01, 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

Precilla Y. L. Choi
August 24, 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

Sheila Jeffreys
December 03, 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 ...

The Psychological Development of Girls and Women Rethinking change in time

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

2nd Edition

Sheila Greene
December 01, 2014

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 ...

Knowing Victims Feminism, agency and victim politics in neoliberal times

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

1st Edition

Rebecca Stringer
June 12, 2014

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 ...

Women Voicing Resistance Discursive and narrative explorations

Women Voicing Resistance: Discursive and narrative explorations

1st Edition

Suzanne McKenzie-Mohr, Michelle N. Lafrance
March 20, 2014

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...

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