Women and Psychology

Series Editor: Jane Ussher

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.

  • 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
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  • The Psychological Development of Girls and Women

    Rethinking change in time, 2nd Edition

    By Sheila Greene

    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 approaches – ranging from…

    Paperback – 2014-12-01
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  • Knowing Victims

    Feminism, agency and victim politics in neoliberal times

    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
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  • Women Voicing Resistance

    Discursive and narrative explorations

    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
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  • Fat Lives

    A Feminist Psychological Exploration

    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
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  • The Madness of Women

    Myth and Experience

    By Jane M. 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
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  • 'Adolescence', Pregnancy and Abortion

    Constructing a Threat of Degeneration

    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
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  • Domestic Violence and Psychology

    A Critical Perspective

    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
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  • Hard Knocks

    Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Storytelling

    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
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  • The Gendered Unconscious

    Can Gender Discourses Subvert Psychoanalysis?

    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
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  • Understanding the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse

    Feminist Revolutions in Theory, Research and Practice

    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
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  • Women and Depression

    Recovery and Resistance

    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
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  • Maternal Encounters

    The Ethics of Interruption

    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
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  • The Single Woman

    A Discursive Investigation

    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
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  • Accounting for Rape

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

    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
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  • Sanctioning Pregnancy

    A Psychological Perspective on the Paradoxes and Culture of Research

    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
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  • The Capacity to Care

    Gender and Ethical Subjectivity

    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
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  • Managing the Monstrous Feminine

    Regulating the Reproductive Body

    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
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  • Body Work

    The Social Construction of Women's Body Image

    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
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  • Gender Talk

    Feminism, Discourse and Conversation Analysis

    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
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  • Woman's Relationship with Herself

    Gender, Foucault and Therapy

    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
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  • Just Sex?

    The Cultural Scaffolding of Rape

    By 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
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  • The Science/Fiction of Sex

    Feminist Deconstruction and the Vocabularies of Heterosex

    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
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  • Gender, Language and Discourse

    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
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  • Femininity and the Physically Active Woman

    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
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  • Understanding Depression

    Feminist Social Constructionist Approaches

    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
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  • Women and Aging

    Transcending the Myths

    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
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  • Being Married, Doing Gender

    A Critical Analysis of Gender Relationships in Marriage

    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
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  • Post-Natal Depression

    Psychology, Science and the Transition to Motherhood

    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
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  • The Thin Woman

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

    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
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  • Re-thinking Abortion

    Psychology, Gender and the Law

    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
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  • The Menstrual Cycle

    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
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