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Decolonial Feminist Community Psychology

  • Floretta Boonzaier
  • Taryn van Niekerk


  • Disrupts current hegemonic discourse on feminism in community psychology to re-situate it in the context of the global South

  • Foregrounds intersectional African, black, postcolonial, and indigenous feminist community psychology perspectives in theory and practice

  • Offers concrete examples for modes of engagement, research, dialogue, and reflexive practice for practitioners

  • Sets a future-forward agenda for theory, research and practice in the field of community in postcolonial context across the globe


Part of the Community Psychology book series (COMPSY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Floretta Boonzaier, Taryn van Niekerk
    Pages 1-10
  3. Jabulile Mary-Jane Jace Mavuso, Malvern Tatenda Chiweshe, Catriona Ida Macleod
    Pages 11-26
  4. Josephine Cornell, Linda Mkhize, Shose Kessi
    Pages 59-76
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 155-160

About this book


This edited volume seeks to critically engage with the diversity of feminist and post-colonial theory to counter hegemonic Western knowledge in mainstream community psychology. In doing so, it situates paradigms of thought and representation that capture the lived experiences of those in the global South. Specifically, the book takes an intersectional approach towards its reshaping of community psychology, centering African, black, postcolonial, and decolonial feminist critiques in its 1) critique of existing hegemonic Euro-American community psychology concepts, theories, and practice, 2) proposal of new feminist, indigenous, and decolonial methodological approaches, and 3) real-life examples of engagement, research, dialogue, and reflexive qualitative psychology practice. The book concludes with an agenda for theorization and research for future practice in postcolonial contexts. The volume is relevant to researchers, practitioners, and students in psychology, anthropology, sociology, public health, development studies, social work, urban studies, and women’s and gender studies across global contexts. 


Critique of hegemonic community psychology Centering feminist perspectives De-politicization of African feminist psychology Community social psychologies for decolonization Using indigenous knowledge in African context Knowledge production & methodology in community psychology Narrative approaches as decolonial feminist method Using photovoice to challenge oppression Dialogue and reflexive practice Transnational feminist perspectives to health rights Filmmaking as emancipatory research method Sexuality and decoloniality Decolonial feminist praxis Intersectionality in student experiences on university campuses Community value and social justice Life history research on men and masculinities Re(producing) racism in interview contexts

Editors and affiliations

  • Floretta Boonzaier
    • 1
  • Taryn van Niekerk
    • 2
  1. 1.Hub for Decolonial Feminist Psychologies in Africa, Department of PsychologyUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa
  2. 2.Hub for Decolonial Feminist Psychologies in Africa, Department of PsychologyUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

About the editors

Floretta Boonzaier is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cape Town. Her research interests include feminist, critical, and postcolonial psychologies, subjectivity in relation to race, gender, and sexuality, and narrative, discursive, and participatory methods in qualitative psychology.

Taryn van Niekerk is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cape Town. Her primary areas of interest include feminist post-structuralist theories of gender and intersectionality, social psychological and post-colonial theories of identity and subjectivity, men’s accounts of their own violence, and the social construction of violence against women in the South African media. Her postdoctoral research forms part of a larger participatory action project on the gendered and sexual lives of South African youth and explores how young people represent gender violence and relationships, through the method of Photovoice.

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