The deepening darkness

Patriarchy, resistance, and democracy's future

Carol Gilligan, David A J Richards

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Abstract

Why is America again unjustly at war? Why is its politics distorted by wedge issues like abortion and gay marriage? Why is anti-Semitism still so powerfully resurgent? Such contradictions within democracies arise from a patriarchal psychology still alive in our personal and political lives in tension with the equal voice that is the basis of democracy. The book joins a psychological approach with a political-theoretical one that traces both this psychology (based on loss in intimate life) and resistance to it (based on the love of equals) to the Roman Republic and Empire and to three Latin masterpieces: Virgil's Aeneid, Apuleius's The Golden Ass, and Augustine's Confessions. In addition, this book explains many other aspects of our present situation including why movements of ethical resistance are often accompanied by a freeing of sexuality and why we are witnessing an aggressive fundamentalism at home and abroad.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages339
ISBN (Print)9780511552045, 9780521898980
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

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Patriarchy
Psychology
Darkness
Democracy
Witnessing
Apuleius
Marriage
Augustine's Confessions
Fundamentalism
Antisemitism
Roman Empire
Personal Life
Equal Voices
Sexuality
Virgil
Political Life
Aeneid
Latin Language
Roman Republic
Psychological

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The deepening darkness : Patriarchy, resistance, and democracy's future. / Gilligan, Carol; Richards, David A J.

Cambridge University Press, 2008. 339 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Gilligan, Carol ; Richards, David A J. / The deepening darkness : Patriarchy, resistance, and democracy's future. Cambridge University Press, 2008. 339 p.
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