From 'lesbian and gay psychology' to a critical psychology of sexualities

Alldred, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-5077-7286 and Fox, N., 2015. From 'lesbian and gay psychology' to a critical psychology of sexualities. In: I. Parker, ed., Handbook of critical psychology. Hove, East Sussex: Routledge, pp. 200-210. ISBN 9781848722187

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This chapter describes and critiques lesbian and gay psychology as an important but limited move to remedy psychology’s complicity with oppressive heteronormative and homophobic cultures, and sets out an alternative critical psychology of sexualities. We begin with a brief overview of 100 years of mainstream psychology’s varied engagements with sexuality, and how this has led to the emergence of LGBTQ psychology (Clarke and Braun, 2009). We will consider why lesbian and gay psychology is constrained by its psychological underpinnings, and show how critical psychology has challenged the individualisation of sexualities, the location of sexuality within the body, and the side-lining within mainstream psychology of explorations of social processes and power in the production of sexualities. We set out the main elements of a critical psychology of sexualities, and conclude by assessing how critical psychologists may engage with the struggles of LGBT people.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Alldred, P. and Fox, N.
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Hove, East Sussex
Date: 27 April 2015
ISBN: 9781848722187
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Handbook of Critical Psychology on 17/04/2015, available online:
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 02 Feb 2024 10:42
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2024 10:45

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