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One of the world’s most influential feminists uncovers the hidden sources of male power

5.43 x 8.5 inches | 140 pages | October 2018 HB | 978-1-5095-2912-4 | 1-5095-2912-8 $59.95 US | $71.95 CND PB | 978-1-5095-2913-1 | 1-5095-2913-6 $16.95 US | $19.95 CND | ST ebook available

Why Does Patriarchy Persist? CAROL GILLIGAN & NAOMI SNIDER

The election of an unabashedly patriarchal man as US President was a shock for many: despite decades of activism on gender inequalities and equal rights, how could it come to this? What is it about patriarchy that seems to make it so resilient and resistant to change? Undoubtedly it persists in part because some people benefit from the unequal advantages it confers, but is that it? Is that enough to explain its stubborn persistence? In this highly original and persuasively argued book, Carol Gilligan and Naomi Snider put forward a different view: they argue that patriarchy persists because it serves a psychological function. By requiring us to sacrifice love for the sake of hierarchy, patriarchy protects us from the vulnerability of loving and becomes a defense against loss. By uncovering the powerful psychological mechanisms that underpin patriarchy, they are able to show that forces beyond our awareness may be driving a politics that otherwise seems inexplicable. This new book, co-authored by one of the world’s most influential feminist thinkers, will be of great interest to anyone who is concerned about our messy psycho-political times. CAROL GILLIGAN is Professor of Humanities and Applied Psychology at New York University and the author of In a Different Voice, “the little book that started a revolution.” Credited with the founding of the theory of ethics of care, Gilligan remains one of the most influential feminist thinkers of our time. Her previous books also include Joining the Resistance, The Birth of Pleasure, and The Deepening Darkness. NAOMI SNIDER is a Research Fellow at New York University and a Visiting Research Scholar at the William Alanson White Institute. Prior to joining NYU, Snider was a lawyer with experience in human rights and international law.

“This compact book exists in a category of its own. The voices of its authors are accessible, incisive and engaging – the perfect book to launch almost any conversation about our current socio-political times.” – Jill Gentile, author, Feminine Law: Freud, Free Speech, and the Voice of Desire

“This is an outstanding book. I am particularly struck by its magnetic power.” – Terri Apter, Newnham College, Cambridge


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