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Gender, Sex, and SexualitiesPsychological Perspectives$
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Nancy Dess, Jeanne Marecek, and Leslie Bell

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190658540

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190658540.001.0001

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Gender and Sex(ualities)

Gender and Sex(ualities)

A Cultural Psychology Approach

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Gender, Sex, and Sexualities

Tuğçe Kurtiş

Glenn Adams

Oxford University Press

Cultural psychology highlights the mutual constitution of psyche and culture—that is, the bidirectional relationship between person-based structures of mind and socially constructed affordances inscribed in everyday cultural worlds. The experience of gender and sexuality requires engagement with particular sociocultural affordances, and cultural traditions of gender and sexuality are (re)produced by everyday activities. Western feminists have often viewed aspects of gender relations in Majority-World settings as pathological or oppressive. Adopting a decolonial standpoint, we proposes two analytic strategies to counter such epistemic violence: (1) normalize Other patterns that appear abnormal or deficient; and (2) denaturalize the patterns that prevail in Western high-income settings. We illustrate these strategies by describing our research on “self-silencing,” relationship satisfaction, and depression among Turkish women.

Keywords:   cultural psychology, decolonial theory, mutual constitution, Majority-World standpoints, self-silencing

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