ERIC Number: EJ957287
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Adopting a Feminist Perspective Is Not a Linear Process
Wolfe, Susan M.
Journal of Community Psychology, v40 n1 p93-111 Jan 2012
In this article, I present some of my history and experiences to demonstrate how gender and class affected my career path as a community psychologist. The goal of this article is to show how the internalization of combined gender/class roles influenced my choices, behaviors, and expectations, and how actions of others interacted with my choices and behaviors to contribute to struggles and successes. It illustrates the push-pull that occurred at an individual level that affected my ability to embrace an alternative perspective. I discuss my encounter with second-wave feminism, undergoing the shifting identity in the transition from my blue-collar origins to a white-collar world, my expectations of sisterhood, and the affect of organizational structures and cultures. I use my experience to suggest themes that might be considered in practicing community psychology and, more specifically, feminist community psychology.
Descriptors: Feminism, Psychology, Career Education, Personal Narratives, Higher Education, Parenting Skills, Mothers, Community, Influences, Interaction, Identification, Doctoral Degrees, Work Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan