‘Who? what?’: An uninducted view of towards a new psychology of women from post-Apartheid South Africa

Macleod, C. (2008) ‘Who? what?’: An uninducted view of towards a new psychology of women from post-Apartheid South Africa. Feminism & Psychology, 18 (3). pp. 347-357. ISSN 0959-3535

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[From the text]: Towards a New Psychology of Women (TPNW) promises a new psychology of “women”. On the cover of the second edition, the Toronto Globe and Mail is cited as acclaiming the book as “nothing short of revolutionary” as it “set out to recognize, re-define and understand the day-to-day experience of women”. But when we take a closer look at these “women” we discover that they are in fact “white”, (for the most part) middle-class women living in heterosexual relationships in a liberal democracy. This kind of exclusionary inclusion, in which the use of the generic term “woman” disguises the normative assumptions made about the race, class, sexual orientation and location of women, replicates the phallocentrism evidenced in the normalising masculinist terms “mankind” or “Man”. By now, of course, these kinds of critiques of “white” Western feminism by African American writers (e.g. Collins, 1999) postcolonial feminists (e.g. Mohanty, 1991), African feminists (e.g. Ogundipe-Leslie, 1994; Mangena, 2003), and queer theorists (e.g. Jackson, 1999) are well known.

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Additional Information:THIS ARTICLE IS THE PRE-PRINT VERSION USED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE PUBLISHER. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Catriona MACLEOD is Professor of Psychology at Rhodes University, South Africa. Her work centres on poststructuralist and postcolonialist feminist theory, and the psycho-social politics of ‘teenage pregnancy’ and abortion. She is the author of ‘Teenage Pregnancy’ and Abortion: Undoing Assumptions and Overcoming Regulation (SS Publishing). ADDRESS: Dept of Psychology, Rhodes University, PO Box 94, Grahamstown,South Africa, 6140. [email: c.macleod@ru.ac.za]
Uncontrolled Keywords:Towards a new psychology of women; feminism; Jean Baker Miller; South Africa
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Psychology
ID Code:1507
Deposited By: tracy morison
Deposited On:20 Oct 2009
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