Toward A Transnational Feminist Psychology Of Women’s Reproductive Experiences

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Book Chapter

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Transnational Psychology Of Women: Expanding International And Intersectional Approaches

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Psychology Of Women


This chapter drives home the need for feminist psychologists to disengage from the notions of a global feminist movement and a universal psychology and steep themselves in the contexts of those whom they wish to study if they intend to enrich the knowledge they produce. Women's reproductive experiences span much of their life cycles, including menarche and menstruation; sexual debut and sexual activity; contraception, child-spacing, and abortion; fertility issues and the increasing array of assisted reproductive technologies; pregnancy, childbirth, and adoption; disorders of the reproductive system; and menopause. The chapter examines women's reproductive experiences through the lenses of international and transnational psychology, drawing attention to possible questions for transnational feminist psychological study. It also integrates comparative and relative analytic frameworks to reveal the complex constellation of contextual factors affecting reproductive experiences—that is, cultural meanings, state regulation, and the individual's social location—making a persuasive case for developing more nuanced, multifaceted conceptualizations. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved)

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American Psychological Association


L. H. Collins, S. Machizawa, and J. K. Rice

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