Jeanne Marecek

Jeanne Marecek
Swarthmore College · Department of Psychology

PhD

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Introduction
Jeanne Marecek is an editor of Feminism & Psychology. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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Publications (130)
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Drawing from a larger study of non fatal suicidal behavior in Sri Lanka, we examine the narratives of two young women and their mothers following the daughter’s suicide-like act. These accounts offer insights into how the moral person is constructed in Sri Lanka and, particularly, what it means to be a good daughter and a good woman in Sri Lanka. W...
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Writing some 40 years ago, Carolyn Wood Sherif left a legacy of critical reflections on the fledgling field of feminist psychology. Here I read her work, not as a record of the past, but with an eye to the future. In the two works I consider in this essay, Sherif offered a scrutiny of the knowledge-producing practices and social relations of the ps...
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Mary Brown Parlee was a pioneer feminist scholar who made noteworthy and enduring contributions to the study of the menstrual cycle. Parlee died in Somerville, Massachusetts, on June 27, 2018, following a hemorrhagic stroke. Throughout her career, Parlee devoted considerable energy to educating the public about psychology and to correcting misappre...
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In South Asia, shame is valued as a virtue and a means of social control, particularly for women. For Sri Lankan women, shame (læjja-baya) denotes modesty, purity, innocence, and self-effacement. For unmarried girls, sexual improprieties—rumoured or real—threaten loss of respectability and jeopardise a girl’s marriageability and her family’s honour...
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For decades, the field of gender, sex, and sexualities has been a focal point of increasing interest. This inquiry has been ignited by successive waves of dramatic social change, chief among them: the re-emergence of feminist movements in the U.S. and Europe in the late 1960s; the sustained (and increasingly successful) bids for legal, social, and...
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In Pursuit of the Good Life: Aspiration and Suicide in Globalizing South India. By Jocelyn Lim Chua . Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014. xiii, 240 pp. ISBN: 9780520281165 (paper, also available as e-book). - Jeanne Marecek
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This paper critically reviews how feminist academic psychologists, social scientists and media scholars have developed Rosalind Gill?s (2007a) generative construct ?postfeminist sensibility?. We describe the key themes of postfeminist sensibility, a non-coherent set of ideas about femininity, embodiment and empowerment circulating across a range of...
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A key goal of feminists in psychology has been to understand and challenge social relations of inequality, privilege, and oppression. Several orienting assumptions of mainstream psychology present obstacles to achieving this goal. For example, one assumption is internalism—focusing on inner motives, traits, and capacities as the determinants of hum...
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Psychotherapy came in for a drubbing by the Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1960s. Indeed, some movement members declared that Feminist Therapy was an oxymoron. Despite the antipathy, feminists in the mental health professions borrowed practices, ethical ideals, principles, and goals from the Women’s Liberation Movement to create innovative mode...
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The editors of Feminism & Psychology are delighted to introduce the first of our State of the Discipline papers. Twenty-five years have passed since the establishment of F&P. Significant work in feminist psychology and in feminisms relevant to psychology has been published both in this journal and in others since (and before) the establishment of F...
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Replies to comments by Winston & Maher (see record 2015-45553-005), Abi-Hashem (see record 2015-45553-006), and Hook & Watkins (see record 2015-45553-007), on the original article by Christopher et al. (see record 2014-20055-001). In this brief response, the authors clarify some elements of their thinking and address some misconceptions put forward...
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For many students, the experience of learning about and using qualitative methods can be bewildering. This book is an accessible step-by-step guide to conducting interview-based qualitative research projects. The authors discuss the 'hows' and 'whys' of qualitative research, showing readers the practices as well as the principles behind them. The b...
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The number of psychologists whose work crosses cultural boundaries is increasing. Without a critical awareness of their own cultural grounding, they risk imposing the assumptions, concepts, practices, and values of U.S.-centered psychology on societies where they do not fit, as a brief example from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami shows. Hermeneutic t...
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Reviews the book, Aid, NGOs and the Realities of Women's Lives: A Perfect Storm edited by Tina Wallace, Fenella Porter, and Mark Ralph-Bowman (see record 2013-27214-000 ). This book brings together essays written by experienced practitioners and theorists in the field of international aid. Intended primarily for development professionals, the book...
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Carol Nagy (Jacklin) was a pioneer scholar of gender as well as a steadfast advocate for women's rights. She was born in Chicago in February 23, 1939. She died of cancer on August 8, 2011, at the age of 72. Carol was a developmental psychologist whose work focused mainly on babies and preschool-age children. She is best known as the co-author (with...
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The subfield of psychology of women and gender coalesced in the 1970s, spurred by the resurgence of American feminism. However, scientific interest in women and gender stretches back through the discipline's history. We first describe early female psychologists; for these women, investigations of sex and gender entwined with their struggles for rec...
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Sri Lanka experienced a spiral of suicides in the 1980s and 1990s, with deaths rising to nearly 48 per 100,000 in 1995. Although reported rates of suicide have declined since then, the incidence of suicide and deliberate self-harm remains high, especially among young people. Data on hospital admissions showed that the number of adolescent girls adm...
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Reviews the book, Migration, Prostitution, and Human Trafficking: The Voice of Chinese Women by Min Liu (see record 2011-15785-000 ). This book offers an account of the experiences of young women in the sexual services industry in Shenzhen, a Special Economic Zone adjacent to Hong Kong. China’s unprecedented economic growth after 1978 produced dras...
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Gender and Culture in Psychology introduces new approaches to the psychological study of gender that bring together feminist psychology, socio-cultural psychology, discursive psychology and critical psychology. It presents research and theory that embed human action in social, cultural and interpersonal contexts. The book provides conceptual tools...
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This chapter surveys developments in feminisms and psychologies in Sri Lanka. It briefly recounts the history of feminist activism—educational and social reforms; efforts to improve the rights and status of women and girls; and humanitarian and development activities focused on economic and social empowerment. In contrast to the lengthy record of f...
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This article reflects on a set of target articles concerned with the use of quantitative procedures in interpretive research. The authors of those articles (Osatuke & Stiles; Westerman; and Yanchar) discuss ways that numerical procedures can be brought into interpretive studies, using illustrations from research programs on psychotherapy process, s...
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Four studies examined why women appear to be less likely than men to lift weights, despite the documented health benefits. An archival analysis (“Study 1”) pointed to a cultural dissociation between women and strength-related exercise goals. Furthermore, a study of women in a university in the mid-Atlantic United States who envisioned lifting weigh...
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This study examines the peer relations and emotion practices of adolescent boys in light of their expectations and assumptions about masculinity. We carried out semistructured interviews with middle-class and upper-middle-class boys from an independent high school. The boys reported that they assiduously avoided displays of emotional or physical pa...
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The relationship between three generic interpersonal problem-solving skills and contraceptive use was explored through interviews with 283 teenage girls living in Philadelphia. Contraceptive users had the highest scores and pregnant girls had the lowest scores on measures of the ability to plan the steps to reach a goal and the ability to generate...
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Positive psychology has figured itself as no less than a revolutionary reorientation of psychology, one that makes individual `flourishing' the primary object of study and intervention. There are clear comparisons to be made between this movement and earlier ones that have embraced both individualism and an ethos of adjustment, such as the popular...
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Although positive psychology now promotes itself globally, its American roots are evident in its persistent though unacknowledged attachment to an American-inspired brand of individualism. That attachment is evident in the movement's endorsement of self-fulfillment as the ultimate life goal, its promotion of self-improvement via personal effort, an...
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Reviews the book, Deviance Across Cultures edited by Robert Heiner (see record 2007-05262-000 ). This highly readable anthology opens with a set of excerpts from classic sociological theories of deviance by grand theorists such as Durkheim, Merton, Erikson, Gibbs, and Hirschi. Reading the historical record with a sociologist's eye, Erikson proposed...
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In her insightful paper, Sally Swartz tells of a search for language that can capture intersubjective reality; that is, the meanings produced in the space between speaker and listener, client and therapist, text and author. She draws attention to many questions: how a therapist can attune to and inscribe in words bodily vocabularies of distress; ho...
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Partners in 10 heterosexual, 10 lesbian, and 5 gay male couples completed the BSRI and a questionnaire about their demographic backgrounds, sex-role differentiation in their relationships, and satisfaction with the relationship. Members of heterosexual couples were more sex-typed on the BSRI and more sex-role differentiated in their behavior than m...
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Recent changes in the timing of life stages, the length of the lifespan, labor force participation, marriage and fertility are described. It is argued that highly-differentiated sex-role orientations are less suited to current conditions than are androgynous orientations, especially for women. If this is true, then developing androgynous sex-role o...
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How does therapy change when therapists work under managed care plans? To explore this question, the authors conducted in-depth, semistructured interviews with therapists. The interview texts were analyzed using a structured thematic coding system. A central theme in the interviews was a culture clash between managed care companies and these therap...
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Three-yeax study shows more women experts selling products for women but still backed up by the “known quantity” of an authoritative male uoice-over.
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In recent decades, Sri Lanka has recorded one of the highest rates of suicide in the world. Its rate of female suicide is second only to China. Suicides and acts of self-harm are concentrated in rural areas and among economically disadvantaged groups. Many occur in the context of family disputes and other conflicts with intimates. They are largely...
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There is nothing the matter with one but a temporary nervous depression — a slight hysterical tendency — what is one to do? (p. 10) I get unreasonably angry with John sometimes. I’m sure I never used to be so sensitive. I think it is due to this nervous condition. But John says that if I feel so I shall neglect proper self-control; so I take pains...
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This historical overview of the field of psychology of women and gender emphasizes developments since the beginning of the second wave of feminism (c. 1970). Feminists in psychology have addressed deficiencies and inaccuracies in psychology's knowledge base, challenged biases in clinical practice and research methods, and policies of professional o...
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The author offers her view of qualitative psychology and what qualitative inquiry offers to psychology. She first takes issue with some common stereotypes of qualitative approaches. Next, she describes what she sees as some key features of a qualitative stance. Finally, the author briefly suggests some issues that qualitative inquiry places on the...
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Over the past 30 years, psychologists have developed diverse approaches for studying women and gender. One approach, the study of gender differences, assesses the attributes and characteristics of men and women. A second approach conceptualizes gender not in terms of individual difference, but in contextual terms. It focuses attention on social rel...
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Examines the legacy of qualitative methods in social psychology and relates the experience of "working between two worlds." The authors discuss the attractions and challenges of engaging in qualitative research, with evidence of both history and future for such work. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
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A distinctive feature of feminist therapy is its insistence on bringing power into discussions of therapy and mental health. Using the framework of discourse analysis, we ask how feminist therapists talk about power. What linguistic resources do they employ to construct accounts of power in therapy? Drawing on interviews with three experienced femi...
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In less than 50 years, the rate of suicide among Sri Lankans has risen from a modest level to one of the highest in the world. This article describes the current pattern of suicides, including sex differences and similarities, and reviews some of the institutional practices, material conditions, and social norms that may figure in the increases. A...
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Comments on Michele Tomarelli's review (see record 2004-17485-004 ) of Mary Crawford's book Talking Difference: On Gender and Language (see record 1995-98720-000 ). It would be a shame if psychologists were dissuaded from Crawford's book by Tomarelli's idiosyncratic and muddled review. The review erroneously characterizes the book as a piece of eso...
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We invite social psychologists in the United States to join with psychologists in other countries and with researchers in other disciplines to include qualitative approaches in their research repertory. Several classic studies in social psychology used field-based qualitative approaches, yet in recent decades, these ways of working have been on the...
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show how psychological diagnoses and interventions reinforce unjust social conditions / analyze the place of values such as autonomy, human diversity, collaboration, and social justice in clinical psychology's discourse and practice / question mainstream assumptions that norms based on white, middle-class North Americans should apply universally to...
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Recent work on the psychology of gender has emphasized comparisons of men and women. Such comparisons rest on a view of gender as an individual difference or psychological attribute. Feminist theorists have challenged this view as limited and inadequate. In place of it, a variety of alternative conceptions of gender are emerging. These conceptions...
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Two questions serve as the focus in this study on factors affecting perception of femininity among pre-adolescent girls: (1) What are the meanings that girls themselves invested in gender and feminity? and (2) Through what social processes do girls negotiate meanings of gender and femininity? Researchers used a participant-observation study in whic...
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Argues that although the question of sex differences (SDs) has been important in the past, feminist psychology should put it aside. Research on SDs presupposes an essentialist model of gender that can suggest that women (a unitary group) have a shared psychology that presumably produces behavior. SD research also highlights the ways in which women...
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Philippines - Counseling Psychology in the Philippines: Research and Practice. By Salazar-ClemeñaRose Marie. Manila: De La Salle University Press, 1991. Pp. xi, 189. Figures, Bibliography. - Volume 24 Issue 2 - Jeanne Marecek
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Singapore - Diminished Responsibility (With Special Reference to Singapore). By PengKok Lee, CheangMolly and TseeChee Kuan. Singapore: Singapore University Press, 1990. Pp. xvi, 287. Notes, Bibliography, Index. - Volume 24 Issue 1 - Jeanne Marecek
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Singapore - Victims of Sexual Violence: A Handbook for Helpers. By WardColleen and InsertoFathiah. Singapore: Ridge Books, Singapore University Press, 1990. Pp. xiv, 201. Illustrations, Tables, Map, Index. - Volume 24 Issue 1 - Jeanne Marecek
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Argues that from a feminist perspective the history of clinical psychology reveals a troubled relationship with women. Diagnoses and treatments have at times controlled and victimized women. Over the past 25 yrs, feminist scholarship, activism, and practice have contributed to knowledge. Yet, these accomplishments may go unnoticed in the field of a...
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Since the 19th century, feminists have criticized the mental health establishment and its treatment of women. Issues include the sexist use of psychoanalytic concepts and psychiatric diagnoses, the misuse of medication, and sexual misconduct in therapy. Feminists have also called attention to psychological problems arising from gender inequality in...

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