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Carol Gilligan

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Carol Gilligan

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Argument, Nonfiction, Women's Studies

At a Glance

Carol Gilligan's In a Different Voice is a feminist reimagining of developmental psychology which was predominantly informed by studies using boys and men as the sole participants. Gilligan explored the differences that emerged when the moral dilemmas and questions previously posed to male children and adults were posed to female children and adults. In a Different Voice provides a framework for understanding moral development in which women are often encouraged to prioritize other people and relationships above their own needs and identities. The "ethic of care" that characterizes a female approach to morality reflects gender-related expectations in society. Gilligan offers new ways of envisioning morality that center the personal experiences of girls and women.

Perspective and Narrator

In a Different Voice is a scholarly text that is written from the third person point of view. Gilligan describes a unique "voice-centered" approach to research that includes the first-person perspectives of the girls she interviews.

About the Title

In a Different Voice refers to the unique ways in which female children and adults commonly approach moral dilemmas. According to Carol Gilligan, society sends strong messages to girls and women that they should focus on relationships and the needs of others. Gilligan advocates for a world in which girls learn to honor their own perspectives and voices, not just those of others in their lives.


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