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Feminist Approaches to Psychology in the Nordic Countries: The Fates of Feminism in Psychology in Modern Welfare Societies
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
2011 (English)In: Handbook of International Feminisms: Perspectives on Psychology, Women, Culture, and Rights / [ed] Alexandra Rutherford, Rose Capdevila, Vindhya Undurti, Ingrid Palmary, Springer-Verlag New York, 2011, 151-174 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Nordic welfare states – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – declared gender equality as a political ambition at an early stage. Consequently, research that documented the living conditions of women and their subordination in public and private social arenas has received some institutional and financial support. This chapter describes the development of feminist psychology within this context and the situation of feminist academics in psychology. Space for feminist thinking was slow to develop inside the academic psychology discipline, and feminist psychological research was mainly done in cross-disciplinary collaborations. Many Nordic feminist psychology researchers have studied how gendered meanings are negotiated in ongoing social affairs, often with a special focus on issues of power in interpersonal relationships. Further, feminists in the psychology discipline have critiqued mainstream psychology's reliance on gendered norms and distinctions and suggested psychological approaches that can better fathom gender and other diversity issues.

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Springer-Verlag New York, 2011. 151-174 p.
, International and Cultural Psychology, ISSN 1574-0455
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-74397DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-9869-9_8ISI: 000294392200008ISBN: 978-1-4419-9868-2 (Print)ISBN: 978-1-4419-9869-9 (Online)OAI: diva2:634015
Available from: 2013-06-28 Created: 2013-06-27 Last updated: 2013-06-28Bibliographically approved

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