Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo


  • Kareen R. Malone
  • Shannon D. Kelly
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_108


Femininity as a concept within critical psychology is inseparable from the foundational relationship of critical theory to feminism (Bradotti, 1994), to its notion of reflexivity (Morawski, 1994; Parker, 1999), and to its interrogation of the subjective effects of the encounter of the body with familial others and culture (Alsop, Fitzsimons, & Lennon, 2002). Femininity as a conceptual category is sometimes subsumed by gender, a contextual and interdependent intersection of being sexed (Connell, 1987; Scott, 1996). Femininity as a subset of gender is considered an attribute yet is also destabilized by the subject’s attempts to manage or construct an identity. Critical psychology troubles the usual binaries of gender (e.g., femininity/masculinity), assuming that there are more fluid notions at play (Butler, 1990; Jagose, 1996). Critical psychology, understanding the feminine qua gender, reveals social and political ends but assumes a more sociological notion of the Other...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of West GeorgiaCarrolltonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyDuquesne UniversityPittsburghUSA