Course: Practicing Feminist Ethics in Psychology
edited by Mary M. Brabeck, PhD
Practicing Feminist Ethics in Psychology is an excellent collection of well-written chapters that draw on women's experience in expanding the conversation on ethics and psychology. The authors model a style of thinking and practicing that focuses on the empowerment of women and girls, while avoiding false universals. Feminist ethics build on such concepts as attention, responsiveness, affect, care and such interpersonal virtues as respectfulness and trustworthiness. They are concerned with the analysis of power, social justice, elimination of all forms of oppressive domination, and cultivation of moral sentiments.
This book treats an impressive array of controversial topics: recovered memories, cyber ethics, pedagogical dilemmas, self-disclosure in therapy, deception research, and the role of feminist psychologists as experts in legal cases. Each author makes a commendable effort to present and understand the opposing views. The criticism offered is both astute and constructive. This volume is a timely and accessible contribution to feminist theory, ethics, and psychology. (Reviews of Nel Noddings,PhD, Lee Jacks,PhD and Gerald Koocher,PhD were referenced for this summary.)
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Bio: Mary M. Brabeck, PhDMary M. Brabeck, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology and dean of the Peter S. and Carolyn A. Lynch School of Education at Boston College. She earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1980, is a licensed psychologist, and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA; Division 35, Psychology of Women; Division 52, International Psychology). Her research interests include ethical sensitivity and the moral self, professional ethics, and intellectual and ethical development. She has published over 60 book chapters, essays, and journal articles and edited Who Cares? Theory, Research and Educational Implications of the Ethic of Care (Praeger, 1989). She has been an active member of Division 35 of APA and has served as task force chair and fellows committee chair for the division.