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Women's Growth In Diversity
More Writings from the Stone Center

Edited By

Judith V. Jordan

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ISBN 9781572302068
Published May 8, 1997 by Guilford Press
342 Pages

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Book Description

In a society that attaches prime importance to individual achievement, the connectedness of women's experience has traditionally been undervalued. Striving toward a more accurate representation of women's psychological development, the Stone Center at Wellesley College has become well known for its exploration of women's ways of defining themselves in relation to others. This new collection builds on the foundations laid by the widely acclaimed Women's Growth In Connection to further describe the relational perspective, devoting special attention to the diversity of women's experience. Its 15 thoughtful and clearly written chapters offer fresh insights on vital issues including sexuality, shame, anger, depression, power relations between women, and women's experiences in therapy, and make engaging reading for anyone/m-/female or male/m-/interested in increasing connectedness at a personal and societal level.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Judith V. Jordan
1. A Relational Perspective for Understanding Women's Development, Judith V. Jordan
2. Some Misconceptions and Reconceptions of a Relational Approach, Jean Baker Miller, Judith V. Jordan, Alexandra G. Kaplan, Irene P. Stiver, and Janet L. Surrey
3. Clarity in Connection: Empathic Knowing, Desire, and Sexuality, Judith V. Jordan
4. Clinical Applications of the Stone Center Theoretical Approach to Minority Women, Clevonne W. Turner
5. Racial Identity Development and Relational Theory: The Case of Black Women in White Communities, Beverly Daniel Tatum
6. The Conundrum of Mutuality: A Lesbian Dialogue, Natalie S. Eldridge, Julie Mencher, and Suzanne Slater
7. Relational Development: Therapeutic Implications of Empathy and Shame, Judith V. Jordan
8. Psychosocial Barriers to Black Women's Career Development, Clevonne W. Turner
9. Building Connection through Diversity, Cynthia Garcia Coll, Robin Cook-Nobles, and Janet L. Surrey
10. Revisioning Women's Anger: The Personal and the Global, Jean Baker Miller and Janet L. Surrey
11. From Depression to Sadness in Women's Psychotherapy, Irene P. Stiver and Jean Baker Miller
12. The Integration of Sexuality: Lesbians and Their Mothers, Wendy B. Rosen
13. The Woman-Man Relationship: Impasses and Possibilities, Stephen J. Bergman and Janet L. Surrey
14. A Relational Approach to Therapeutic Impasses, Irene P. Stiver
15. Intimacy in Lesbian Relationships: A Critical Reexamination of Fusion, Julie Mencher

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Judith Jordan, Ph.D., is Director of Training and Founding Scholar at the Jean Baker Miller Institute, the Stone Center, Wellesley College, and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School.


"A significant contribution to the psychological literature. This work advances the move toward more inclusive conceptualizations of women's psychologies, their relationships and their experiences. An excellent book for course adoption in graduate and undergraduate courses in women's studies." --Beverly Greene, PhD, Professor of Psychology, St. John's University; Private Clinical Practice

"This excellent, important collection shows the vitality of the Stone Center Project and reveals the development of a revolutionary women's psychology. Diversity is the human condition and these papers take substantial steps toward bringing it into central focus." --Carol Gilligan, PhD, Author of In A Different Voice; Professor, Harvard School of Education

"A brilliant and essential book, grounded in compassion and rooted in the real world of female experience. Once again the work of the Stone Center gives us a more accurate and enriched view of women, charting provocative new directions not only for therapists, but for all who seek a deeper understanding of female development and the human condition." --Harriet Lerner, PhD, Author of The Dance of Anger; Senior staff psychologist, Menninger Clinic
Explores women in relation to their social environment, and their relationships as well as their inner lives....It is a veritable breath of fresh air and a necessary tool to effect change and growth for women.
--Herizons, 3/17/1997