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Since the publication of her landmark book In a Different Voice, Carol Gilligan has transformed the way we think about women and men and the relations between them. It was ‘the little book that started a revolution’, and with more than 800,000 copies in print it has become one of the most widely read and influential books ever written on gender and human development.

In her new book Joining the Resistance Carol Gilligan reflects on the evolution of her thinking and shows how her key ideas were interwoven with her own life experiences. Her work began with the question of voice: who is speaking to whom, in what body, telling what stories about which relationships? By listening carefully she heard a voice that had been held in silence, and in the process realized the extent to which we – both women and men – had been telling false stories about ourselves.

In her subsequent work Gilligan found that adolescent girls resisted pressures to disengage themselves from their honest voices, and by joining their resistance she opened the way for the development of a more humane way of thinking about personal and political relationships. For the central conviction of her work today – and the central thesis of this book – is that the requisites for love and the requisites for citizenship in a democratic society are one and the same. Both voice and the desire to live in relationships inherent in our human nature, together with the capacity to resist false authority.

Combining autobiographical reflection with an analysis of key questions about gender and human development, this timely and highly readable book by one of America’s greatest contemporary thinkers will appeal to a wide readership.

Book News Annotation:

Revisiting some of the same ground that this noted feminist explored in her landmark In a Different Voice (1982), Gilligan (law/culture, education, and human development, New York U.) offers insights from her personal/professional experience on finding one's own voice, gender relationships, and the dissonance between women's voices and prevailing male-centered psychological theories. The title derives from a lecture she gave on human values and the politics of resistance. The work includes references but lacks an index. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

“Carol Gilligan is one of the pre-eminent psychologists of our time. Joining the Resistance is a leap forward in
what has become her life-journey, connecting psychology to culture. The book stands on its own as a work of art;
it is beautifully written and like the best sort of novel, full of surprises.”
Richard Sennett, New York University

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Looking Back to Look Forward: Revisiting In a Different Voice 14

2 Where Have We Come From and Where Are We Going? 44

3 Free Association and the Grand Inquisitor: A Psychoanalytic Drama 78

4 Identifying the Resistance 114

5 Resisting Injustice: A Feminist Ethic of Care 164

Acknowledgments 181

References 185

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Gilligan, Carol
Polity Press
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Gender, voice, feminism, culture
theory of culture
Feminist Studies-General
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224.5 x 147.79 x 20.8 mm 13.6 oz

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