Joining the Resistance
May 2011, Polity
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.
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
- Carol Gilligan is one of the most well-known and influential feminist scholars in the world today. of her landmark book In A Different Voice sold over 800,000 copies and is one of the most widely read books every written on gender and human development.
- In this new book Gilligan reflects on the evolution of her thinking and shows how her key ideas were interwoven with her own life experiences. She explains how she came to develop her views on the ethics of care and how her subsequent work on adolescent girls opened the way for the development of a more humane way of thinking about personal and political relationships.
- Gilligan argues 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 inhere 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 highly readable book by one of America’s greatest contemporary thinkers will appeal to appeal to students of feminism, gender studies and psychology and to a wide general readership.
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."
"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