chapter  2
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FEMINIST POSTSTRUCTURALISM AND DISCOURSE ANALYSIS

I N T H I S chapter I w i l l discuss feminist poststructuralism (Weedon, 1987), which, I believe, is o f great potential value to feminist psychologists. The theoretical underpinnings of feminist poststructuralism are transdisciplinary in origin and are radically different from much of psychology. It is, however, closely aligned wi th some poststructuralist enterprises wi thin psychology and recent moves toward a postmodern psychology (e.g., Antaki , 1988; Gergen, 1985, 1988; Hare-Mustin & Marecek, 1988; Henriques, Hollway, U r w i n , Venn, & Walkerdine, 1984; Sampson, 1985; Shotter & Gergen, 1989;Walker-

dine, 1986). 1 W h i l e I am specifically addressing this discussion to psychologists, poststructuralist approaches are not disciplinary-bound. Therefore any apparent "containment" o f this discussion within "psychology" is artificial.