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Shifting Identities Shifting Racisms: a Feminism and Psychology Reader

by Bhavnani K and Phoenix A SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
03/1994
ISBN:
9780803977860
Format:
Hbk 224 pages
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AU$204.00 NZ$211.30
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This collection makes an important contribution to feminist and psychological debates on identities and racisms. It addresses issues of commonalities, differences, subjectivities and the contradictory nature of positionings which are central concerns for contemporary feminist theory and social psychology, as well as feminist and anti-racist politics.In an accessible and lively style, an international group of leading feminists examine: the ways in which psychology has reproduced racism; the complexity of issues of identities and racisms, which are shown to be multiple, constantly variable and renegotiable; the need to problematize and unpack `whiteness'; and the problems of identity politics, both in terms of explanatory power and political action.Shifting Identities Shifting Racisms makes a constructive contribution to debates on identities and racisms. It is accessible to students and will be of interest to academics in women's studies, social psychology, and race and ethnic studies.

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION Shifting Identities Shifting Racisms - Kum-Kum Bhavnani and Ann Phoenix An Introduction PART TWO: ARTICLES Shifting the Subject - Kum-Kum Bhavnani and Donna Haraway A Conversation between Kum-Kum Bhavnani and Donna Haraway, 12 April 1993, Santa Cruz, California Resisting Racism and Sexism in Academic Psychology - Karen L Henwood A Personal/Political View Empowering Women? The Oprah Winfrey Show - Corinne Squire Harmonious 'Heimat' and Disturbing 'Auslander' - Nora Rathzel Contradictory Positions, Ambivalent Perceptions - Philomena Essed A Case Study of a Black Woman Entrepreneur Asian Women's Ethnic Identity - Anne Woollett et al The Impact of Gender and Context in the Accounts of Women Bringing Up Children in East London Di(s)-secting and Dis(s)-closing 'Whiteness' - L Mun Wong Two Tales about Psychology Experience, Identities and Alliances - Erica Burman Jewish Feminism and Feminist Psychology Women, Ethnicity and Empowerment - Nira Yuval-Davis PART THREE: OBSERVATIONS AND COMMENTARIES I. The Politics of White and Black Bodies - Barbara Trepagnier II. White Women's Identity and Diversity - Shari Tarver-Behring Awareness from the Inside Out

`A collection of timely articles about the dynamic nature of identities and racisms ... Bhavnani and Phoenix provide a clear theoretical framework for understanding the role psychology played in this construction.... Raises a number of important issues.... Calls for much needed debate both within and outside psychology. Shifting Identities Shifting Racisms is a book worthy of closer examination' - SocInfo



`Although argued within the feminist and psychological debate, this book has validity everywhere, especially for the beginnings of understanding whiteness as an historical construct' - The National Network Newsletter for Equal Opportunities



`The 12 sections of the volume form a cohesive and well-integrated whole, ranging from an authoritative theoretical introduction through research studies, personal biographics and examinations of the media, to somewhat shorter commentaries and observations.... the articles are written clearly and accessibly and are well-referenced.... The background of the contributors is varied and draws on workers in both Britain and the United States. Although the overall perspective is psychological, the papers draw on sociological, political and cultural perspectives as well. In conclusion the volume provides a valuable addition to the growing field of gender and woman's studies and deserves a wide readership' - The Psychologist