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Gender and Discourse

Kurz, T. and Donaghue, N. (2013) Gender and Discourse. In: The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Psychology. Sage, London, pp. 61-77.

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Historically, women have tended to be ignored in psychological research, or, when attention has been paid, it has been to document the ways in which women deviated from the ‘normal’male subject of psychological research. Inspired by the critiques of second wave feminism, in the 1970s and 1980s psychologists began listening to women’s voices using qualitative methods. While this attention to women’s voices was important and overdue, straightforward description of women’s accounts of their own experiences misses other aspects of the wider experience of living in a gendered world. Voices speak in languages, and the kinds of discourses that are available in the languages with which we speak shape and limit what we can say about our experience.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
Publisher: Sage
Copyright: The authors
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