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Women’s Morality: A Test of Carol Gilligan’s Theory

Women’s Morality: A Test of Carol Gilligan’s Theory AbstractThe purpose of this paper is to analyze male and female perspectives of morality, using Carol Gilligan’s theory of gender differences. The hermeneutic-dialectic mode of inquiry was used to understand the process and outcome of the participants’ perspectives. Three discourses were utilized to examine the notion of morality of the women participants, the men participants, and a final discourse in which both sexes were brought together. The women den10nstratedfew personal boundaries in their understanding of morality whereas the men’s approach remained abstract and detached. The majority of both group melnbers, however, showed potential to understand the social realm of the others’ dominant approach to morality, but no consensus was reached. The gender distinct moral language continued to persist throughout the final discollrse and the subjective versus intellectual approach remained more comfortable for each respective group. The findings are consistent with Gilligan’s theory and the causes are understoodfrom both a psychological and sociological viewpoint. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Social Distress and Homeless Taylor & Francis

Women’s Morality: A Test of Carol Gilligan’s Theory

Journal of Social Distress and Homeless , Volume 11 (1): 30 – Jan 1, 2002

Women’s Morality: A Test of Carol Gilligan’s Theory

Abstract

AbstractThe purpose of this paper is to analyze male and female perspectives of morality, using Carol Gilligan’s theory of gender differences. The hermeneutic-dialectic mode of inquiry was used to understand the process and outcome of the participants’ perspectives. Three discourses were utilized to examine the notion of morality of the women participants, the men participants, and a final discourse in which both sexes were brought together. The women den10nstratedfew personal...
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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright 2002 Taylor and Francis Group LLC
ISSN
1573-658X
eISSN
1053-0789
DOI
10.1023/A:1013336206400
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Abstract

AbstractThe purpose of this paper is to analyze male and female perspectives of morality, using Carol Gilligan’s theory of gender differences. The hermeneutic-dialectic mode of inquiry was used to understand the process and outcome of the participants’ perspectives. Three discourses were utilized to examine the notion of morality of the women participants, the men participants, and a final discourse in which both sexes were brought together. The women den10nstratedfew personal boundaries in their understanding of morality whereas the men’s approach remained abstract and detached. The majority of both group melnbers, however, showed potential to understand the social realm of the others’ dominant approach to morality, but no consensus was reached. The gender distinct moral language continued to persist throughout the final discollrse and the subjective versus intellectual approach remained more comfortable for each respective group. The findings are consistent with Gilligan’s theory and the causes are understoodfrom both a psychological and sociological viewpoint.

Journal

Journal of Social Distress and HomelessTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 1, 2002

Keywords: Morality; Gender; Discourse; Abstract; Relationships

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