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Dr Maxine Woolhouse


About Dr Maxine Woolhouse

Maxine is a feminist and critical social psychologist. Her research interests are in the area of gender, social class, eating practices and critical perspectives on 'obesity'.

Maxine is a Senior Lecturer in psychology and teaches across a range of undergraduate modules including Critical and Philosophical Issues, Qualitative Research Methods and Psychology of Women. She is particularly interested in feminist and critical approaches to understanding relations between gender, social class and eating practices.

Maxine completed her PhD in 2012 which was a discourse analytic study of mothers' and daughters' talk around food, eating and body management practices. Her research aims to challenge dominant psychological understandings of eating disorders by drawing attention to the ways in which culturally sanctioned discourses around food (e.g. healthy eating; dietary restraint etc.) may be implicated in the problematic relationship many girls and women have with food and body management practices.

Maxine is currently conducting narrative research on women’s life stories of dieting, weight loss and weight gain.

Current Teaching

Maxine teaches across a range of undergraduate Psychology modules including Critical & Philosophical Issues, Advanced Research Methods, and Psychology of Women. She also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.

Research Interests

Maxine is currently conducting narrative research on women’s life stories of dieting, weight loss and weight gain. This work aims to challenge and make visible the normative and everyday assumptions about the expectations placed on women to engage in body management practices such as weight monitoring and dietary restraint.

Maxine also supervises PhD students on topics related to gender, class and eating practices. She is currently Director of Studies for Oluwatoyin Bewaji whose thesis is entitled “Classed Femininities of Black Women: Subjectivities and Agency in Body reshaping and Body Management Practices”.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (3)

  • Day K; Rickett B; Woolhouse M (2014) Class Dismissed: Putting Social Class on the Critical Psychological Agenda
    https://doi.org/10.1111/spc3.12118
  • Woolhouse M; Day K; Rickett B; Milnes K (2012) 'Cos girls aren't supposed to eat like pigs are they?' Young women negotiating gendered discursive constructions of food and eating.
    https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105311406151
  • Woolhouse M (2007) Review: Terri Apter: You Don't Really Know Me: Why Mothers and Daughters Fight and How Both Can Win. New York: W.W. Norton, 2004, 280pp. $13.95, ISBN 0-393-05758-5 (pbk)
    https://doi.org/10.1177/09593535070170031103

Chapters (1)

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