Description - Feminist Groupwork by Sandra E. Butler
In this account of the purpose, practice and outcomes of groupwork with women, the author draws on her own involvement in establishing and running community based womens' groups. The book provides accounts of the structured content of group sessions and the definitions and measurements of change developed by women participants themselves. By examining the impact of group process and dynamics on self and group identity, the book accentuates the changes which take place during and after the life of a group. The book offers a convincing rationale for adopting a feminist approach with women isolated in their own communities who bear the brunt of socio-political disadvantages, but a central tenet of the book is that feminist groupwork is applicable across a range of settings in the state and private sectors. The authors also address the conflicts which can arise from working from a feminist perspective within mainstream organizational settings. Throughout, the focus is on women's perceptions and explanations of themselves and their experiences, where women's groups promote alternative potentially liberating interpretations which have profound consequences on women's lives.
The book demonstrates the distortions and inadequacies of mainstream psychological interpretations of female behaviour and highlights the ways in which these oppress and constrain women.
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(216mm x 138mm x mm)
SAGE Publications Ltd
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