Handbook of International Feminisms

Perspectives on Psychology, Women, Culture, and Rights

  • Alexandra Rutherford
  • Rose Capdevila
  • Vindhya Undurti
  • Ingrid Palmary

Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alexandra Rutherford, Rose Capdevila, Vindhya Undurti, Ingrid Palmary
      Pages 3-14
  3. History, Politics, Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Hale Bolak Boratav
      Pages 17-36
    3. Dahlia Moore
      Pages 59-82
    4. Adriano Henrique Nuernberg, Maria Juracy Filgueiras Toneli, Benedito Medrado, Jorge Lyra
      Pages 109-127
  4. Experience

  5. Specificity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Xue Fei Chen, Fanny M. Cheung
      Pages 269-292
    3. H. Lorraine Radtke
      Pages 293-313
    4. Jeanne Marecek, Udeni M.H. Appuhamilage
      Pages 315-333
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 335-351

About this book


Handbook of International Feminisms

Perspectives on Psychology, Women, Culture, and Rights


Alexandra Rutherford, Rose Capdevila, U. Vindhya, and Ingrid Palmary, Editors


Although feminism has influenced psychological theory and practice across much of the world, their intersection has rarely been an easy one - particularly in post-colonial, and more recently, globalizing and transnational contexts.  The Handbook of International Feminisms offers a dynamic and nuanced picture of the diversity of feminism and its challenges around the world, both inside and outside of academia.


As seen in these pages, the very concept of ‘feminist psychology’ varies widely, as do the conditions under which it struggles or flourishes. Resistance to feminism may come from psychology in particular or the culture at large, in clashes between egalitarian ideals and longstanding cultural beliefs and practices that are inimical to women's interests. In some countries, the emergence of psychology and/or feminism is often seen as Western interference rather than welcome innovation. In others, activist psychologists are pressured to downplay aspects of their work or risk marginalization by the mainstream. Throughout this volume, the coverage is balanced between local context and global connection and commitment. Chapters analyze current and historical developments from:


  • Brazil.                                                  •Canada.
  • India.                                                   •Spain.
  • Turkey.                                                •Britain.
  • China.                                                  •Nordic region.
  • South Africa.                                      •Sri Lanka.
  • Israel.                                                  •Pakistan.
  • New Zealand.                                     •United States.


As a comparative study, a call for new lines of communication, or a springboard for future interventions within psychology, the Handbook of International Feminisms is a significant volume for  psychologists of women and gender, clinical, social, and developmental psychologists, researchers in women’s studies, and upper-level students in women’s studies and behavioral science courses.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Alexandra Rutherford
    • 1
  • Rose Capdevila
    • 2
  • Vindhya Undurti
    • 3
  • Ingrid Palmary
    • 4
  1. 1.Dept. PsychologyYork UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of Social SciencesThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.College of Arts and Commerce, Department of Psychology and ParapsycholAndhra UniversityVisakhapatnamIndia
  4. 4., African Centre for Migration and SocietyUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-9868-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-9869-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1574-0455
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