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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 152. Reviews the book, Seldom Seen, Rarely Heard: Women's Place in Psychology edited by Janis S. Bohan (1992). This book, part of the “Psychology, Gender, and Theories” series, includes often-cited classic articles expressing now familiar themes–connected and enriched with a prologue and introductions. The 16 reprints, spanning more than two decades, begin with Naomi Weisstein's chapter (written in 1968) as a point of origin for Bohan's thesis. The chapters illuminate explicit or interpretative connections among feminist psychology, social constructionism and deconstructionism, and historiography as foundations for the proposed reconstructive process. The chronological order in each of the four parts works well to convey the process of idea development and change. The first part raises issues regarding psychology's marginalization of women, women's experience, and work. The second part introduces social constructionism as a framework for understanding source and impact of this exclusion. The last two parts examine the constructionist perspective regarding issues related to gender and consequences for the discipline and women of this perspective. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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