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Making a Difference: Psychology and the Construction of Gender


reviewed by Nia Lane Chester 1991

coverTitle: Making a Difference: Psychology and the Construction of Gender
Author(s): Rachel T. Hare-Mustin, Jeanne Marecek
Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven
ISBN: 0300052227, Pages: , Year: 1990
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What we know, how we come to know it, and how we prove that what we know is “real” are central questions of epistemology to which many feminist scholars are returning. Making a Difference, edited by psychologists Rachel Hare-Mustin and Jeanne Marecek, offers a set of beautifully written and argued essays by leaders in feminist theory and research, based on symposium presentations on the same topic. The contributors employ new epistemological perspectives to reveal the ways in which both traditional and post modern psychological theory, research, and practice rest on socially constructed and “gendered” value systems. The essays share a set of common premises: (1) that subjective values underlie all scientific models and methodological approaches; (2) that human behavior can be understood only in the context within which it is taking place and from the perspective of the person whose experience is being considered; and (3) that “gender differences are... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 92 Number 4, 1991, p. 650-653
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 356, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 8:40:39 PM

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