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Prudence Fisher

Doctor of Philosophy, (Psychology)
Study Completed: 2010
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Young women, power, intimate relationships and wellbeing: The circumstances that enable young women's resistant subjective desires: "A pash and a dash"

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This research examines the silences operating in current feminist poststructuralist theory that restrains health practices in the area of young women’s wellbeing and intimate heterosexual relationships.  Within this research I facilitated positive visibility, humour and silenced heterosexual risk discourses in order to increase the participant’s access to resistant subjective desires.  This research took  a ‘critical realist’ theoretical position that rejected relativist poststructuralist ideas of knowledge being solely constituted  through language and  explored how the force of the corporeal body, language and material resources intersected to co-constitute resistant subject desires that enhanced participants wellbeing.   

Professor Antonia Lyons
Dr Leigh Coombes