Gender and Culture in Psychology: Theories and Practices by Eva Magnusson

By Eva Magnusson

Gender and tradition in Psychology introduces new methods to the mental research of gender that assemble feminist psychology, socio-cultural psychology, discursive psychology and significant psychology. It offers examine and conception that embed human motion in social, cultural and interpersonal contexts. The ebook offers conceptual instruments for wondering gender, social categorization, human meaning-making, and tradition. It additionally describes a kin of interpretative learn tools that target wealthy speak and way of life. It presents a close-in view of ways interpretative study proceeds. The latter a part of the booklet showcases leading edge initiatives that examine issues of shock to feminist students and activists: younger children' encounters with heterosexual norms; men and women negotiating loved ones tasks and childcare; sexual coercion and violence in heterosexual encounters; the cultural politics of women's weight and consuming matters; psychiatric labeling of mental discomfort; and feminism in psychotherapy. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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The American feminist psychologist Leonore Tiefer (1991) has shown that the template for the HSRC is men’s sexual responses and preferences. For example, “sexuality” meant penetrative heterosexual intercourse. All other sexual activity was either regarded as “foreplay” or disregarded. 12 on Mon Oct 08 08:29:05 BST 2012. 003 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2012 18 Categories and social categorization the measure of sexual adequacy. As Tiefer (1991) pointed out, the HSRC did not encompass the sexual experiences and activities that many women prefer.

The concepts of “mastery” and “appropriation” refer to two sets of processes involved. “Mastery” refers to the state that a person has reached when he or she can perform a certain task well enough to satisfy others and herself or himself. 12 on Mon Oct 08 08:29:29 BST 2012. 005 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2012 Gendered identities: mastery, appropriation, and change 37 process by which the mastery of a skill becomes part of a person’s selfimage (Rogoff, 1995, 2003; Wertsch, 1997).

Despite the regulatory force of gender, individuals and groups have sometimes developed a critical consciousness and mobilized for change. How has this happened? And how is it that sometimes change has seemed impossible? Let us begin by noting that in most situations in everyday life, there are several possible ways of acting. And there are also usually several ways of thinking about one’s actions. Some of these ways are likely to be more culturally favored than others. Sociocultural psychology offers two concepts that are helpful for thinking about identity processes and sex categories.

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