Professor Catriona Macleod
Catriona Macleod is Professor of Psychology at Rhodes University. She is a B-rated social scientist. Prof Macleod’s major scholastic contributions have been in two main areas: sexual and reproductive health and feminist theory in Psychology. She has written extensively in national and international journals in relation to teenage pregnancy, abortion, sex education, feminist psychology and postcolonialism. She is sole-author of a book entitled ‘Adolescence’, pregnancy and abortion: constructing a threat of degeneration (published by Routledge) which was awarded the Distinguished Publication Award by the Association for Women in Psychology, based in America. She is author of the Department of Health (2010) document, Strategy framework. Sexual and reproductive health amongst adolescents: comprehensive preventive and promotion strategies that will inform the Department of Health’s national planning regarding adolescent sexual and reproductive health services. Prof Macleod sits on the editorial boards of the South African Journal of Psychology and is Associate Editor of Psychology in Society and the prestigious international journal Feminism & Psychology. She received Vice-Chancellor awards for her research from the Universities of Zululand and Fort Hare, and research funding from the Johan Jacobs Foundation, the National Research Foundation, SANPAD, and the Mellon Foundation.
- Theoretical interests include feminist theory, post-structuralism (in particular Foucault and Derrida), embodiment theory and post-colonialism.
- Broad areas of teaching areas of Psychology: Developmental Psychology, Community Psychology, Critical Psychology, and Gender and Psychology.
- Current research interests: Termination of pregnancy; adolescent sexual and reproductive health; and gender issues. For information on the Research Focus Area, Critical Sexual and Reproductive Health Studies, Research Focus Area
Macleod, C. (2011*). ‘Adolescence’, pregnancy and abortion: Constructing a threat of degeneration. London: Routledge.
*: This book received the Distinguished Publication Award from the Association of Women in Psychology, based in the United States of America. It is the first time such an award has been made to a South African author since its inception 35 years ago.
2) Journals (to view the full articles, click on the link below):
Gibson, A. & Macleod, C. (in press). (Dis)allowances of lesbians’ sexual identities: Lesbian identity construction in racialised, classed, familial, and institutional spaces. Feminism & Psychology
*: accepted for publication, to appear later this year.
Macleod, C. & Feltham-King, T. (2012). Representations of the subject ‘woman’ and the politics of abortion: an analysis of South African newspaper articles from 1978 to 2005. Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care, DOI:10.1080/13691058.2012.685760.
McKenzie, J. & Macleod, C. (2012). Rights discourses in relation to people with intellectual disability: Towards an ethics of relations, critique and care. Disability & Society, 27(1)1, 15-29.
McKenzie, J. & Macleod, C. (2011). The deployment of the medico-psychological gaze and disability expertise in relation to children with intellectual disability. International Journal of Inclusive Education, First published 21 June 2011 (iFirst article) DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2010.540042
Macleod, C., Sigcau, N., & Luwaca, P. (2011). Culture as a discursive resource opposing legal abortion. Critical Public Health, 21(2), 237-245.
Macleod, C. & Tracey, T. (2010). A decade later: follow-up review of South African research on the consequences of and contributory factors in teen-aged pregnancy. South African Journal of Psychology, 40(1), 18-31.
Macleod, C. (2009). Danger and disease in sex education: the saturation of ‘adolescence’ with colonialist assumptions. Journal of Health Management, 11(2), 375-389.
Macleod, C. (2009). Why we should avoid the term “post-abortion syndrome”: Commentary on Boulind and Edwards (2008). Journal of Psychology in Africa, 19(3), 423-428.
Macleod, C. (2008). ‘Who? What?’ An uninducted view of Towards a New Psychology of Women from post-Apartheid South Africa. Feminism & Psychology, 18(3), 347-357.
Macleod, C. (2008). Developing principles for research about young women and abortion: a feminist analysis of difficulties in current South African studies. Feminist Africa, 11, 55-72.
Macleod, C. (2007). The risk of phallocentrism in masculinities studies: how a revision of the concept of patriarchy might help. Psychology in Society, 35, 4-14.
Macleod, C. (2006). The management of risk: adolescent sexual and reproductive health in South Africa. International Journal of Critical Psychology, 17, 77-97.
Macleod, C. (2006). Radial plural feminisms and emancipatory practice in post-Apartheid South Africa. Theory & Psychology, 16, 367-389.
Robus, D. & Macleod, C. (2006). ‘White excellence and black failure’: the reproduction of racialised higher education in everyday talk. South African Journal of Psychology, 36(3), 463-480.
Bowes, T. & Macleod, C. (2006). The characteristics of women seeking termination of pregnancy at an urban-based government hospital in the Eastern Cape. Curationis, 29(4), 4-11.
Macleod, C. & Wilbraham, L (2006). Redeploying Parker, post-colonially: review article. Psychology in Society, 31-50
Macleod, C. (2004). South African psychology and ‘relevance’: continuing challenges. South African Journal of Psychology, 34(4), 613-629.
Macleod, C. and Durrheim, K. (2003). Psycho-medical discourse in South African research on teenage pregnancy. Transformation, 51, 74-100.
Macleod, C. (2003). Teenage pregnancy and the construction of adolescence: Scientific literature in South Africa. Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, 10(4), 419-438.
Connelly, M. & Macleod, C. (2003). Waging war: discourses of HIV/AIDS in South African media. African Journal of Aids Research, 2(1), 1-11.
Macleod, C. (2003) The conjugalisation of reproduction in South African teenage pregnancy literature. Psychology in Society, 29, 23-37.
Macleod, C. (2002). Deconstructive discourse analysis: extending the methodological conversation. South African Journal of Psychology, 32 (1), 17-25.
Macleod, C. and Durrheim, K. (2002). Foucauldian feminism: the implications of governmentality. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 32 (1), 41-60.
Macleod, C. and Durrheim, K. (2002). Racializing teenage pregnancy: ‘culture’ and ‘tradition’ in the South African scientific literature. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 25(5), 778-801.
Macleod, C. (2002). Economic security and the social science literature on teenage pregnancy in South Africa. Gender & Society, 16(5), 647-664.
Painter, D. and Macleod, C. (2002). The new moral order and racism in South Africa post 11 September 2001. International Journal of Critical Psychology, 6, 52-60.
Macleod, C. (2001). Teenage motherhood and the regulation of mothering in the scientific literature: the South African example. Feminism and Psychology, 11(4), 493-511.
Macleod, C. (1999). Teenage pregnancy and its ‘negative’ consequences: Review of South African research - Part 1. South African Journal of Psychology, 29 (1), 1-7.
Macleod, C. (1999). The ‘causes’ of teenage pregnancy: Review of South African research - Part 2. South African Journal of Psychology, 29 (1), 8-16.
Macleod, C. (1998). The construction of learning disablement in South Africa: Two case studies. International Journal of Special Education, 13 (1), 18-29.
Masilela, T.C. & Macleod, C. (1998) Social support and its implication in the development of a community-based mental health programme. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 27 (2), 11-16.
Macleod, C., Masilela, T.C. & Malomane, E. (1998). Feedback of research results: Reflections from a community-based mental health programme. South African Journal of Psychology, 28(4), 215-221.
Macleod, C. (1997). Research as intervention within community mental health. Curationis, 20 (2), 53-56.
Macleod, C. (1995). Civics and rural capacity building. Matlhasedi, 14 (1), 32-36.
McKenzie, J. & Macleod, C. (1995). Special Education: Rural neglect and policy guidelines. Matlhasedi, 14 (2), 52-56.
Macleod, C. (1995). The challenges of mainstreaming in rural South Africa. International Journal for Special Education, 10, 72-91.
Macleod, C. (1995). Gender differences in mathematics: A discourse analysis. South African Journal of Psychology, 25 (3), 191-202.
Macleod, C. (1995). Transforming pedagogy in South Africa: The insertion of the teacher as subject. Perspectives in Education, 16, 63-81.
Macleod, C. (1994). Transforming the research system: Contribution of the post-structuralist theoretical framework. Development Southern Africa, 11 (3), 423-428.
Levett, A. & Macleod, C. (1991). Child sexual abuse: South African research on incidence, prevalence and intervention (1984 - 1990). South African Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 3 (1), 2-12.
3) Chapters in books
*: accepted for publication; to appear later this year or early next year.
Macleod, C. (in press)*. Teenage pregnancy. In T Teo (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. New York: Springer.
Macleod, C. & Tracey, T. (in press)*. Pregnancy amongst young women in South Africa. In A. Cherrie (Ed.), Handbook of Global Adolescent Pregnancy: Medical, Psychosocial, and Public Health Responses. New York: Springer
Macleod, C. (in press)*. “Adolescent pregnancy”: a feminist issue. In A. Cherrie (Ed.), Handbook of Global Adolescent Pregnancy: Medical, Psychosocial, and Public Health Responses. New York: Springer.
Macleod, C. (2012). Feminist Health Psychology and abortion: towards a politics of transversal relations of commonality. In C. Horrocks and S. Johnson (Eds) Advances in Health Psychology (pp. 153-168). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Macleod, C. (2009). Theory and South African developmental psychology research and literature. In J. Watts, K. Cockcroft & N. Duncan (Eds,). Developmental Psychology 2nd ed. (pp. 619-638). Cape Town: UCT Press.
Macleod, C. & Bhatia, S. (2008). Postcolonialism and Psychology. In C. Willig and W. Stainton Rogers (Eds) The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology (pp. 576-589). London: Sage.
Macleod, C. (2006). Early reproduction and gendered assumptions about adolescence and adolescent (hetero)sexuality. In T. Shefer F. Boonzaier & P. Kiguwa (Eds) The Gender of Psychology (pp. 121-134). Lansdowne: UCT Press.
Macleod, C. (2005). Deconstructing knowledge production on teenage pregnancy in South Africa. In A. Gülerce, A. Hofmeister, I. Staeuble, G. Saunders & J. Kaye (Eds), Contemporary theorizing in Psychology: Global perspectives (pp. 113-121). Concord: Captus University Publications.
Macleod, C. (2004). Psycho-medical expertise: the governmental interstice in the private/public, individual/society divide. In Shohov. S. (Ed.) Advances in Psychology Research Vol. 28. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
Macleod, C. (2004). Writing into action: the critical research endeavour. In D. Hook, P. Kiguwa and I. Parker (Eds), Critical Psychology in South Africa. Lansdowne: UCT Press.
Macleod, C. (2002). Theory and South African developmental psychology research and literature. In D. Hook, J. Watts and K.Cockroft (Eds), Developmental psychology (pp. 379-396). Lansdowne: UCT Press.
4) Published interviews
Macleod, C. & Mkhwanazi, N. (2011). Teenage desire in relation to sexual and reproductive health citizenship: Nolwazi Mkhwanazi interviews Catriona Macleod. Agenda, 25(3), 35-41.
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