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Revista Psicologia Política

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TIMM, Flávia Bascuñán; PEREIRA, Ondina Pena  e  GONTIJO, Daniela Cabral. Psychology, violence against women and feminism: in defense of a political clinic. Rev. psicol. polít. [online]. 2011, vol.11, n.22, pp. 247-259. ISSN 2175-1390.

The present article intends to connect psychological clinical practice to feminist epistemology, proposing, as a result, a politically engaged methodology for treatment (psychotherapy) of women under violent situations. Such practice was achieved in the course of a clinical project developed with a group of women experiencing conjugal violence. This process exposed the need for a critical view over the omnipresence of psychological (individualizing) interpretations, centered in the intimacy ideology (Sennett, 1998). Such interpretations hinder the construction of clinical action as political action. Finally, we intend to, according to Arendt (1993), elucidate the relations between the political and private dimensions of the ancient world and its differences in relation to the modern world, with the purpose of inserting into context the feminist quest of turning what is private into political.

Palavras-chave : Psychology; Violence against women; Clinic; Policy.

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