I would like to thank Sylvia Blood and Kathryn McPhillips for discussions that were helpful in the preparation of this article; Jeanne Marecek and two reviewers for helpful comments and editing; and Patti Lather for an inspiring seminar (unfortunately only days before the final draft of this article had to be finished). The research reported in this article was partially funded by a grant from the University of Auckland Research Fund.
FEMINIST POSTSTRUCTURALISM AND DISCOURSE ANALYSIS
Contributions to Feminist Psychology
Article first published online: 28 JUL 2006
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 13, Issue 4, pages 459–475, December 1989
How to Cite
Gavey, N. (1989), FEMINIST POSTSTRUCTURALISM AND DISCOURSE ANALYSIS. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 13: 459–475. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.1989.tb01014.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 28 JUL 2006
- First draft received: March 2, 1989 Final draft received: August 17, 1989
In this article I suggest that feminist poststructuralism (Weedon, 1987) is of great potential value to feminist psychologists seeking more satisfactory ways of theorizing gender and subjectivity. Some key elements of this theoretical perspective are discussed, including an understanding of knowledge as socially produced and inherently unstable, an emphasis on the importance of language and discourse, and a decentering of the subject. Discourse analysis is discussed as one way of working that is consistent with feminist poststructuralist theory. To illustrate this approach, an example is presented from my work on the sexual coercion of women within heterosexual relationships.