Feminist Perspectives on Building a Better Psychological Science of Gender

  • Tomi-Ann Roberts
  • Nicola Curtin
  • Lauren E. Duncan
  • Lilia M. Cortina

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Lauren E. Duncan, Tomi-Ann Roberts, Lilia M. Cortina, Nicola Curtin
    Pages 1-5
  3. Theory and Research Taking Gender Beyond Difference

  4. Feminist Psychologists Reflect on Research in Their Subdisciplines

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Verónica Caridad Rabelo, Lilia M. Cortina
      Pages 179-197
    3. Kaitlin T. McCormick, Heather J. MacArthur, Stephanie A. Shields, Elaine C. Dicicco
      Pages 213-230
    4. Meg A. Bond, Christopher T. Allen
      Pages 231-254
  5. From Theory and Research to Action: Best Practices in Feminist Psychological Science

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 389-391

About this book


This timely and thought-provoking collection explores the ways in which psychological science interacts with and addresses gender across varied subdisciplines in the field, from a feminist viewpoint. A particular aim of this volume is to move the conversation of gender in psychology beyond a difference-only paradigm. Veteran and emerging feminist scholars survey the handling of sex and gender issues across psychology, and describe how feminist perspectives and methodologies can and should be applied to enhance the field itself, but also in the service of social justice in the various cultures of corporations, academia, and the global stage. Contributions span theoretical advances, latest empirical findings, and real-world advocacy, with instructive and illuminating first-person accounts detailing challenges and rewards of feminist scholarship and practice in psychology. Throughout the volume, chapters document a dynamic field in its evolution from the traditional, two-dimensional study of gender-based differences to concerted multidisciplinary approaches, to cutting edge feminist theoretical and methodological advances such as intersectionality to understand gender in context.

The volume is divided into three distinct sections. The first covers current theory and research in psychological science that considers gender beyond a difference-only paradigm. Then, leading feminist scholars reflect upon their own experiences in their respective subdisciplines. Finally, the third section explores innovative best practices and applications for feminist psychological science.  Highlights of the coverage:

•             Beyond difference: Gender as a quality of social settings.

•             Adventures in feminist health psychology: Teaching about and conducting feminist psychological science.

•             Mind the thigh gap? Bringing feminist psychological science to the masses.

•             Feminist psychologists and institutional change in universities.

With its stimulating compilation of theories, research, and applications, Feminist Perspectives On Building A Better Psychological Science of Gender is one of the most forward-thinking and innovative treatments of the field in recent years. It is a significant and important text for all psychologists, women’s and gender studies specialists, social science researchers, and all those interested in using evidence-based psychological science to create a more just and equitable world.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Tomi-Ann Roberts
    • 1
  • Nicola Curtin
    • 2
  • Lauren E. Duncan
    • 3
  • Lilia M. Cortina
    • 4
  1. 1.PsychologyColorado CollegeColorado SpringsUSA
  2. 2.PsychologyClark UniversityWorcesterUSA
  3. 3.PsychologySmith CollegeNorthamptonUSA
  4. 4.Psychology and Women’s StudiesUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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