Identity Politics: Challenges to Psychology's Understanding

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Abstract

A variety of collective movements—including women, gay males and lesbians, African Americans, and members of the third world—in arguing that members have been denied their own voice in establishing the conditions of their lives and in determining their own identity and subjectivity, pose a serious challenge to psychology's suitability as a discipline capable of responding to the full diversity of human nature. This article explores these claims on behalf of voice, develops a discursive framework as an alternative to current psychological analysis, and suggests how that framework would require a transformation in current psychological theory, research, and practice.

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