ERIC Number: EJ1004816
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Reference Count: 19
Contemporary Feminism for Gender Researchers: Not Just "Our Bodies, Our Cells"
Etaugh, Claire; Worell, Judith
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v36 n4 p419-422 Dec 2012
Salk and Hyde (2012) contend that, over the past two decades, genetic research has evolved from its earlier model of genetic determinism to one which recognizes the nuanced interplay between genes and the environment. They argue that modern genetics therefore is no longer antithetical to feminist perspectives in psychology. The authors do not disagree with this premise. However, the authors believe it is important to reiterate the feminist perspective, as outlined in their article on feminist transformations in theory and research, and to examine the arguments presented by Salk and Hyde through a feminist lens. Elizabeth Ettorre and her colleagues have cogently observed that those involved with the Human Genome Project tend to focus more on changing the individual person than on changing the social environment. They argue that a feminist perspective on genetics needs to confront and make visible this tension between the individual and society, between the personal and the political. The authors attempt to do so in their response to Salk and Hyde (2012), by examining their arguments within the framework of the six guiding feminist principles addressed in their 1994 article.
Descriptors: Genetics, Social Environment, Feminism, Scientific Research, Environmental Influences, Psychology, Science and Society, Political Attitudes, Guidelines, Philosophy, Gender Differences, Social Change, Activism, Language Usage, Power Structure
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