Embodying critical feminism in community psychology: Unraveling the fabric of gender and class

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Abstract

In this article, I offer a critical feminist theoretical reflection on my lived experiences as a working-class White woman as a challenge to some of the dominant narratives in academia. In particular, I describe my development of feminist and class-consciousness as an "organic intellectual." I discuss changes to my working-class identity and the challenges of breaking through the glass-class ceiling as an academician. I reveal how stigma management has irrevocably shaped my academic life and how my attempts at cultural suicide have overshadowed my professional and personal lives. I ask for a radical critique of higher education and argue for the importance of community psychology to infuse feminism and class consciousness into the field to address societal power asymmetries and to approach its value stance as a discipline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-92
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology

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