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The Social Psychologising of Emotion and Gender: A Critical Perspective

Locke, Abigail (2011) The Social Psychologising of Emotion and Gender: A Critical Perspective. In: Sexed Sentiments. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender and Emotion. Rodopi, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 185-205. ISBN 9789042032415

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Abstract

This chapter offers an overview of psychology’s approach to sex differences in emotion, beginning from a discussion of how psychology has approached emotion. The chapter takes a critical, social-constructionist stance on emotion and critiques psychology’s essentialist stance. Moreover, it introduces a new direction in psychology in which emotion and gender are studied from a discursive perspective, in which emotion words and concepts can function interactionally. The article considers two examples. In the first, a woman is positioned as emotional and by implication, irrational. The second example investigates how the popular concept of ‘emotion work’, one that typically constructs women as down-trodden, can in fact be used as a resource for young women to manage their identities in interactions. Indeed it is constructed as something that makes them powerful in relation to the vulnerable males they discuss.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Health and Social Care Research
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > The Institute for Health Citizenship
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2010 15:21
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2015 14:51
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/7834

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