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In a Different Voice by Carol Gilligan
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Jan 29, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: school, hup, borrowed, 2009
Read in February, 2009

i am hitting the jackpot on timely reading lately. this ties in to a lot of things i've been thinking about and illuminates some interesting patterns. gilligan's central point (and be aware, this book is about thirty years old and we're talking in broad generalizations that do not apply to everyone) is that the societal paths of development for men and women differ in that men develop along a path measured by individualism and absolute justice while women develop along a path of connectivity. the discrepancy arises in that our societal systems measure women by the same standards as men. and everyone loses out. women do not develop the skills to navigate between their internal value systems that emphasize relationships and collective success and their external value systems that emphasize absolute morality and individual success. men do not develop the tools to integrate a rubric of care and concern into the value system of individual success. what a mess!
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