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  • Hardcover: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Polity Press; 1 edition (24 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745651690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745651699
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.1 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 954,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It is fun moving through this book with Gilligan as she chances on this or that element of patriarchy – in Freud, Lysistrata, Hawthorne, Marvell, Oresteia. And it is enlightening to watch her demolish the wheeze of a child′s support scheme which never was or is the simple mother/father/child triad." The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and the Humanities "This is a small book about love, hope and empathy in the context of Carol Gilligan’s journey as a psychologist, a researcher, a writer and a feminist. It is a book that emerging social science researchers and clinical practitioners will find much in, particularly with regard to her passion for qualitative research and feminism." Sex Roles "Helps heal the split between reason and emotion, mind and body, self and relationships, especially as they relate to gender identity. There is much food for thought in this work." Scientific and Medical Network "An intelligent, mature and important contribution to the kind of feminism we all need and want … Gilligan has written an important book which should be read by all, not only by girls and women, but also by boys and men.  Her invitation for all to join the resistance should be heeded, for its beneficiaries belong to humans of all genders and ages.  In this sense, we should all count ourselves as feminists of Gilligan’s type and thus make way for a democratic society of caring equals." USC Graduate Journal "In Joining the Resistance , Gilligan makes a useful distincton in the debate about the ethic of care, by which her earlier work has been characterized and criticized, to emphasize her main theoretical point: The way forward out of patriarchy is a democratic solution that frees women and men to pursue a human ethic of care." Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books “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 "Original work expands our humane capacity. In Joining the Resistance , Carol Gilligan continues to inspire us. Hers is a generous art, clearing a road that leads to a thriving place – one of love and justice. Will we allow ourselves?" Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx

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CAROL GILLIGAN is a university professor at New York University and author of In a Different Voice among other works. She was named by Time Magazine as one of the 25 most influential Americans.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura T VINE VOICE on 9 Oct 2011
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Carol Gilligan's essential thesis - that the ways in which boys and girls are socialised leads to men separating themselves from their ability to connect and empathise, and women believing that they don't know what they do know, and having to suppress their honest personal voices - is admirable. So is her assertion that society needs to recover the values of co-operation and connection - values that are seen as 'feminine' in today's society, but actually don't need to belong to either gender - to progress. However, I don't think these ideas are expressed as well as they could be in this book. It's very short, and reads as a mish-mash of quotations from her previous work, personal anecdote, and eclectic sources, and while I enjoyed reading it, I became frustrated with how repetitive her assertions often well. I'd be very interested in reading 'In A Different Voice,' the earlier book that is extensively referenced here, because I felt a sense of in-depth study and method was what was missing. On that note, if academics are interested in learning more about Gilligan's methods of reading and interpreting sources, they should read her brilliant 2003 essay 'On the Listening Guide' in Camic, Rhodes and Yardley eds, 'Qualitative Research in Psychology: Expanding Perspectives in Methodology and Design', which is also very short, but has been extremely influential. So while Gilligan's work should certainly not be dismissed, I don't feel that this book is the best place to start, nor that it necessarily adds much that's new to her previous studies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joyeuse VINE VOICE on 15 Oct 2011
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I was surprised to see that the other reviews so far posted are so negative. I have found this to be a cogent and coherent overview of Gilligan's work to date, seen within the framework of other studies carried out in parallel fields by other researchers, and an investigation of the paths by which she has come to the work she is publishing on the current and seemingly increasing conflicts between democracy and patriarchy and the damage those conflicts inflict on all of us, women and men.

It reveals a feminist psychologist recognising that feminism stretches from social biology to moral philosophy in seeking ways for all of us to be simply human and not be warped into socially prescribed roles which divide us one from another by demanding that we repress essential parts of our selves in order to rub along in the world according to roles laid down over the millenia and which are now not only unnecessary but dangerous, given our ever increasing means to inflict harm.

Reading this kept reminding me of similar points raised by Ophelia Benson and Jeremy Stangroom in their books "Why Truth Matters" and "Does God Hate Women?".

The resistance referred to in the title is the resistance she has observed in girls reaching adolescence, when they begin to realise that they will have to begin to hide their true selves in order to conform to the demands of society and looking for ways to remain honest and maintain their personal integrity. The resistance is the fight for truth as it has been seen and the struggle to remember that truth and to find socially acceptable means to give it expression.

At a time of personal retrospection it gave me pause for a great deal of thought about myself growing up and my interaction with family and educators.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Silver Moon Sailor on 22 Sep 2011
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This is a very poorly put together book. I have not read "Different Voice" and the author makes a poor fist of explaining what I have missed. As a previous reviewer has said, she relates all to patriarchy and sexism but the issues she raises are really materialism, competition rather than cooperation, consumerism, greed and avarice, the importance of appearance and other superficialities. All very timely topics but ones we all need to address, not just women and ones that we are all complicit in perpetuating, not just men. The old reductionist and false dichotomy of male characteristics being aggressive and female ones caring does not illuminate but rather divides.
It is obvious that both boys and girls suffer through feeling that they are not good enough as they are and that they must pretend therefore to be other than they are. I give a big hurrah to Gilligan's noticing of how subtle, pernicious and universal this dissemblance is and how important it is to individual's mental health and the nation and the world's future that we stop this; that everyone is allowed to be who and how they truly are and that we are in true contact with ourselves, each other and the rest of the planet. But this jumble of a book aligned on ancient battle lines does not help us to change the world and to combat these epidemic harbingers of misery .
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Old Grey Witch's Test VINE VOICE on 4 Sep 2011
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Long ago, when I was seeking a subject for a Master's Dissertation, I came across a book that revolutionised my thinking. That book was Gilligan's In A Different Voice. It was a masterpiece of clear writing based on a reliable body of psychological research. This one is anything but. It's a mish-mash of personal opinion, interview snippets, and unruly plunges into Ancient Greek and Modern American literature. All is grist to a mill grinding out the incessant message: we live in a patriarchal society which forces us all to adopt false 'voices' and not show that we (or at least women) care. Reading the book is like trying to eat a large bowl of Shredded Wheat soaked in condensed milk. Being Carol Gilligan the whole raison d'etre for our problems lies in gender difference. Even though it is clear from the book Ms Gilligan learnt her trade under the great Erik Erikson, never once does she consider the issue of culture. Eastern cultures have patriarchal societies, but they put the 'we' before the rugged individualism of the American 'I'. So, Ms Gilligan, although I agree with you that psychologists need to study literature and perform qualitative research, I think you have gone to far. Your argument reads as one long over-idealistic whine.
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Familiar voice, new view! 19 Jun 2011
By Marianne Makman, M.D. - Published on Amazon.com
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Carol Gilligan has written a concise and beautiful follow-up decades later to her well known "In a Different Voice", the game changing book about the ways in which boys and girls learn to see the world and describe it. In this new book she presents an evolving view of girls' and boys' developments in our world wherein there can be a choice between a "Patriarchal" society of rules about gender behavior and a more open, humane society without laws about who can love whom and how. I highly recommend the book to: girls, women, psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers, those interested in drama and literature and men who wish to be enlightened!
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Her insights are that women are humans...humans have rights....end of story....I love it! So many nice stories in here that come to that conclusion but we need to be reminded every so often!
Gilligan's research 22 July 2013
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The book is a summary of some of Gilligan's research re. Teen girls. She also near the end quotes someone else's research on teen boys. She identifies some of the problems with patriarchal society and points to ways out. I have heard of Gilligan's for years but this is the first book of hers that I have read. My book club chose it.
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