Stories of relative privilege: power and social change in feminist community Psychology



Stories about community work in New Zealand and Scotland are presented to describe and reflect on issues central to feminist community psychology. Organising a lesbian festival, Ingrid Huygens describes feminist processes used to equalize resources across Maori (indigenous) and Pakeha (white) groups. Heather Hamerton presents her experiences as a researcher using collective memory work to reflect on adolescent experiences related to gender, ethnicity and class. Sharon Cahill chronicles dilemmas and insights from focus groups about anger with women living in public housing in Scotland. Each story chronicles experiences related to oppression and privilege and describes the author’s emotions and reflections. Individually and collectively, the stories illustrate the potential offered by narrative methods and participatory processes for challenging inequalities and encouraging social justice.

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Primary author: Mulvey, Anne; Terenzio, Marion; Hill, Jean; Bond, Meg

Author biography: Māori, Pākehā

Publisher: Anne Mulvey

Publication format: Speech

Publication date:

Publication place: University of Massachusetts

Publication availability: Yes

Publication location: Treaty Resource Centre

Catalog reference: T1 – Treaty and Local Govt (Feminism/Racism)

Sector: Community, Education – tertiary, Social services

General related topics: Social change – society

Historical period: 20th