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Shifting Identities Shifting Racisms
A Feminism & Psychology Reader

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May 1994 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Shifting Identities, Shifting Racisms focuses on the enduring aspects of racism and provides valid new starting points for discussing human behaviors. The contributors show how the boundaries of racism are constantly changing and how cultural and national considerations are becoming as important as biological ones. They address issues of commonalities, differences, subjectivities, and the contradictory nature of positionings, which are central concerns from feminist and anti-racist politics. Leading feminists examine the ways in which psychology has reproduced racism; the complexity of issues surrounding identities and racisms, which are shown to be multiple, constantly variable, and negotiable; the need to problematize "whiteness;" and the problems of identity politics, both in terms of explanatory power and political action. Students and academics in women's studies, feminist psychology, race and ethnic studies, and psychology of racism will appreciate this study of racism and the social identity of women.

 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Kum-Kum Bhavnani and Ann Phoenix
Shifting Identities Shifting Racisms
An Introduction

 
 
PART TWO: ARTICLES
Kum-Kum Bhavnani and Donna Haraway
Shifting the Subject
A Conversation between Kum-Kum Bhavnani and Donna Haraway, 12 April 1993, Santa Cruz, California

 
Karen L Henwood
Resisting Racism and Sexism in Academic Psychology
A Personal/Political View

 
Corinne Squire
Empowering Women? The Oprah Winfrey Show
Nora R[um]athzel
Harmonious `Heimat' and Disturbing `Ausl[um]ander'
Philomena Essed
Contradictory Positions, Ambivalent Perceptions
A Case Study of a Black Woman Entrepreneur

 
Anne Woollett et al
Asian Women's Ethnic Identity
The Impact of Gender and Context in the Accounts of Women Bringing Up Children in East London

 
L Mun Wong
Di(s)-secting and Dis(s)-closing `Whiteness'
Two Tales about Psychology

 
Erica Burman
Experience, Identities and Alliances
Jewish Feminism and Feminist Psychology

 
Nira Yuval-Davis
Women, Ethnicity and Empowerment
 
PART THREE: OBSERVATIONS AND COMMENTARIES
Barbara Trepagnier
I. The Politics of White and Black Bodies
Shari Tarver-Behring
II. White Women's Identity and Diversity
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

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