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Shifting Identities Shifting Racisms A Feminism & Psychology Reader by Kum-Kum Bhavnani

Shifting Identities Shifting Racisms A Feminism & Psychology Reader


Shifting Identities Shifting Racisms A Feminism & Psychology Reader by Kum-Kum Bhavnani

This collection makes an important contribution to contemporary 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 feminist and anti-racist politics. 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.


`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

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Publication date

29th March 1994


Kum-Kum Bhavnani

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SAGE Publications Ltd


224 pages


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