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The Neurobiology of Motherhood: Maternal Subjectivities and Embodied Experiences

The Neurobiology of Motherhood: Maternal Subjectivities and Embodied Experiences

Forthcoming

Linda Burnett
December 31, 2018

In motherhood, many women experience feelings of great intensity, a strong and passionate bond with their child, and a sense of personal transformation. For these women the experiences of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and embodied care are felt as central to the construction of their sense of...

Just Sex?: The Cultural Scaffolding of Rape

Just Sex?: The Cultural Scaffolding of Rape

Forthcoming

Nicola Gavey
September 25, 2018

In the award-winning Just Sex? The Cultural Scaffolding of Rape, Nicola Gavey provides an extensive commentary on the existing literature on rape, analysing recent research to examine the psychological and cultural implications of contemporary sexual violence. Just Sex? argues that feminist theory...

Bodies that Birth: Vitalizing Birth Politics

Bodies that Birth: Vitalizing Birth Politics

Rachelle Chadwick
March 09, 2018

Bodies that Birth puts birthing bodies at the centre of questions about contemporary birth politics, power, and agency. Arguing that the fleshy and embodied aspects of birth have been largely silenced in social science scholarship, Rachelle Chadwick uses an array of birth stories, from diverse...

Mothering Babies in Domestic Violence: Beyond Attachment Theory

Mothering Babies in Domestic Violence: Beyond Attachment Theory

Fiona Buchanan
October 17, 2017

This unique book offers an innovative feminist critique of attachment theory that offers an alternative understanding of relationships between women and their babies in domestic violence. Fiona Buchanan identifies a way forward for working with women, babies and people who have grown up with...

Adopted Women and Biological Fathers: Reimagining stories of origin and trauma

Adopted Women and Biological Fathers: Reimagining stories of origin and trauma

Elizabeth Hughes
March 01, 2017

Adopted Women and Biological Fathers offers a critical and deconstructive challenge to the dominant notions of adoptive identity. The author explores adoptive women’s experiences of meeting their biological fathers and reflects on personal narratives to give an authoritative overview of both the...

Beauty and Misogyny: Harmful cultural practices in the West

Beauty and Misogyny: Harmful cultural practices in the West

Sheila Jeffreys
December 03, 2014

The new edition of Beauty and Misogyny revisits and updates Sheila Jeffreys' uncompromising critique of Western beauty practice and the industries and ideologies behind it. Jeffreys argues that beauty practices are not related to individual female choice or creative expression, but represent...

The Psychological Development of Girls and Women: Rethinking change in time

The Psychological Development of Girls and Women: Rethinking change in time

Sheila Greene
December 01, 2014

Choice Recommended Read This thoroughly revised new edition updates Sheila Greene's original transformative account of the psychological development of girls and women and the central role of time in shaping human experience. Greene critically reviews traditional and contemporary theoretical...

Knowing Victims: Feminism, agency and victim politics in neoliberal times

Knowing Victims: Feminism, agency and victim politics in neoliberal times

Rebecca Stringer
June 12, 2014

Knowing Victims explores the theme of victimhood in contemporary feminism and politics. It focuses on popular and scholarly constructions of feminism as ‘victim feminism’ – an ideology of passive victimhood that denies women’s agency – and provides the first comprehensive analysis of the debate...

Women Voicing Resistance: Discursive and narrative explorations

Women Voicing Resistance: Discursive and narrative explorations

Suzanne McKenzie-Mohr, Michelle N. Lafrance
March 20, 2014

Feminist scholars have demonstrated how ‘dominant discourses’ and ‘master narratives’ frequently reflect patriarchal influence, thereby distorting and depoliticizing women’s storying of their own lives. In this groundbreaking volume a number of internationally recognized researchers, working across...

Fat Lives: A Feminist Psychological Exploration

Fat Lives: A Feminist Psychological Exploration

Irmgard Tischner
October 26, 2012

Ever caught somebody – or yourself – checking out the content of a ‘fat’ person’s supermarket trolley? Ever wondered what lies behind this behaviour, or what it might be like to be at the receiving end of this judging gaze? Within the context of the current ‘obesity debate’, this book...

The Madness of Women: Myth and Experience

The Madness of Women: Myth and Experience

Jane M. Ussher, Jane Professor Ussher
March 24, 2011

Nominated for the 2012 Distinguished Publication Award of the Association for Women in Psychology! Why are women more likely to be positioned or diagnosed as mad than men? If madness is a social construction, a gendered label, as many feminist critics would argue, how can we...

'Adolescence', Pregnancy and Abortion: Constructing a Threat of Degeneration

'Adolescence', Pregnancy and Abortion: Constructing a Threat of Degeneration

Catriona I. Macleod
June 30, 2010

Winner of the Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor's Book Award 2012! Winner of the 2011 Distinguished Publication Award of the Association for Women in Psychology! Why, despite evidence to the contrary, does the narrative of the negative consequences of teenage pregnancy, abortion and childbearing...

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