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Discursive Psychological Approaches to the (Un)making of Sex/Gender

Donaghue, N 2018 , 'Discursive Psychological Approaches to the (Un)making of Sex/Gender', in N Dess and J Marecek and L Bell (eds.), Gender, Sex, and Sexualities: Psychological Perspectives , Oxford University Press, Oxford.

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Discursive psychologists question the taken-for-granted status of the categories that are used to classify and investigate human experience (Potter & Edwards, 1996). Instead of assuming the “reality” of sex/gender and conducting empirical investigations into the qualities that characterize “each” of the sexes, discursive psychologists investigate how the concepts of “sex” and “gender” are constructed through their use in both scientific and everyday contexts. For discursive psychologists, there are no “pregiven” meanings attached to the categories of sex/gender. What these categories mean, what they signify, is a matter of negotiation and consensus. This chapter concerns how discursive psychologists have challenged the various assumptions underlying traditional sex differences research and considers alternate approaches drawn from discursive psychology to asking questions about sex/gender.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Donaghue, N
Keywords: discursive psychology, social construction, critical theory, choice feminism, evolutionary psychology
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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