Portions of this article were presented at a symposium on “Feminist Perspectives in Social Psychology” (Faye Crosby, Chair) at meeting of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, Buffalo, NY, October 13, 1990. I am grateful for the thoughtful reading and critique of this manuscript by Diane Maluso, Kay Deaux, and the special issue editors.
Humanist Roots and Feminist Future
Article first published online: 28 JUL 2006
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 15, Issue 4, pages 505–519, December 1991
How to Cite
Lott, B. (1991), SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 15: 505–519. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.1991.tb00426.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 28 JUL 2006
The central theme of this article is that a feminist perspective is not only compatible with the history, objectives, and emphases of social psychology, but necessary for its continued vitality. In view of social psychology's humanist roots and its “nurturist” and “social optimist“ tenets, it is not surprising that feminist scholarship has flourished within it. Situational factors and group membership—the focus of social psychological inquiry—are also key to understanding how culture constructs gender, a central issue in the feminist agenda. Some of the important women in the early decades of American psychology are claimed as foremothers of social psychology and as feminist voices, and the feminist perspective is defined and identified in terms of its major interrelated themes. The influence of feminist scholarship on contemporary social psychology is illustrated, and it is argued that a feminist perspective will become increasingly more visible.