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Perverse Psychology Shortlisted for BPS Book Award!

by Dr. Jem Tosh

The British Psychological Society has shortlisted my first book to be considered for their 2016 academic monograph award! You can currently buy Perverse Psychology at a discounted price using the code CCP2016 at, as well as any of the other great books from Ian Parker's Critical Psychology Series!


About Perverse Psychology:

Psychology defines people who take pleasure in the suffering of others as having a form of mental illness, while media representations frame such behaviour as ‘evil’. This is hotly contested territory, not least where sexual violence is concerned – violence which feminist voices argue is related to power rather than sex.

Perverse Psychology examines psychiatric constructions of sexual violence and transgender people from the 19th century until the latest DSM-5 diagnoses. It uses discourse analysis to interrogate the discursive boundaries between 'normal' and 'abnormal' rape, as well as the pathologization of gender and sexual diversity. The book illuminates for the first time the parallels between psychiatry’s construction of gender diversity and sexual violence, and leads us to question whether it is violence that the profession finds so intriguing, or the gender nonconformity it represents.

Perverse Psychology is ideal reading for postgraduate students and researchers in the fields of critical psychology, discourse analysis, feminism, transgender people, LGBT psychology, and the history of psychiatry.



1. Introduction

Part One: Sexual Violence

2. Psychology and Sexual Violence: A Historical Review

3. Remedicalizing Rape

Part Two: Gender Nonconformity

4. Psychology, Homosexuality, and ‘Feminine Boys’

5. Psychology, Gender, and Nonconformity: Transforming ‘GID’

Part Three: Perverse Psychology

6. Rape: A Perversion of Gender

7. Conclusions : Psychology is Perverse



"Highly original, closely argued, and ingenious analysis." Professor Erica Burman, University of Manchester

"At last a book that speaks about the unspoken. Well written, well referenced - a highly stimulating read." Kirsten Nokling, The Psychologist

"Well written, insightful, interesting, informative, and an excellent resource." Joan Strutton, PsycCRITIQUES

"Invigorating and provocative." Pierre Brouard, University of Pretoria

"A very important book about how modern psychology has been used to invalidate and suppress sex and gender diversity." Jack Molay, Crossdreamers


Click here for the full list of shortlisted Routledge books.

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