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- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (November 10, 2008)
- Publication Date: November 10, 2008
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- Language: English
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The Deepening Darkness: Patriarchy, Resistance, and Democracy's Future 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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"This is a book with a grand thesis, and it should probably be thought of in the tradition of Hannah Arendt on evil, or Bruno Bettelheim. It argues that patriarchy remains the root of the evils of racism, sexism and much violence in contemporary society. More precisely, the book claims that patriarchy calls for and legitimates the traumatic disruption of intimate relationships, and the effect of such trauma in the human psyche is precisely to suppress personal voice and relationships and to identify with the patriarchal voice that imposed the disruption."
Simon Goldhill, Professor of Classics, Kings College, University of Cambridge
"This historically probing, gracefully literary, and deliciously detailed book brilliantly illuminates the mysterious psychological roots of political domination and defiance."
Stephen Holmes, Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
"Far-ranging in its scope, compelling in its exposition and argument, informed by an inclusive, humane vision and imagination, this ambitious, richly perceptive synoptic study is firmly anchored in the insights and findings of recent scholarship. It brilliantly connects the ancient Roman world with our own. It illuminates as it forges other, riveting connections among a dazzling array of ostensibly disparate topics concerning contemporary Americans, and accords center stage to the role played by a series of canonized western literary masterpieces in making and sustaining these connections."
Judith P. Hallett, Professor, Department of Classics, University of Maryland
"Carol Gilligan and David Richards have written a bold book that draws as palpably on their respective backgrounds in psychology and law as it does on their shared passion for literature. Using an immensely rich set of materials, they explore how patriarchy operates at the atomic level of human consciousness, and how, in doing so, it can destroy even its ostensible beneficiaries. These scholars see the world differently from you, and the book they have written may trigger a welcome conversion."
Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, NYU School of Law
"The Deepening Darkness is that rare thing - a cultural study that is not only a delight to read, but one with important practical implications. Gilligan and Richards expose the fundamental organizing role of patriarchy in western consciousness and show that we have been wedded to a false story about human nature, resistance to which is understood as pathology or sin. They provide fascinating descriptions of the error being transmitted through social institutions, and point out its malignant impact on men and women alike. For example, they trace clearly how even psychoanalysis, which began by liberating the individual, became oppressive due to Freud's inability to escape the patriarchical demands embedded in his own psychology."
Owen Renik, former Editor-in-Chief of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly --This text refers to the printed_access_code edition.
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The authors start by analyzing written Roman records ranging from poetry to the law in order to explain various features of patriarchy. By doing so they convincingly show that Roman patriarchy still pervades the Western - and one would add the non-Western- world.
As the reviewer acidly says "The authors employ the by-now standard postmodernist techique of close reading of texts selected by them, through which they construct "voices" that convey to us the desires, disappointments, and resistances" of the times.
Saying this the reviewer reduces a rich and brilliant text to a well-prepared, ready-made recipe with no originality or depth.
Given the scarcity of Roman women's writing Gilligan and Richards are also accused of reconstructing practically from nowhere stereotypical views of women and men.
Strangely we continue to find such alleged stereotypes in the vast literature handed down through the centuries and in most societies contemporary or not.....
The reviewer condescendingly concedes that the authors convincingly show the pivotal role of Augustine in transforming Christianity into a sexually repressive culture fostering the "madonna" "whore" splitting of women and the equally oppressive split between the "macho" and the "feminized" man. He also concedes that one of the most valuable aspects of the book is "the brilliant explication of Judaism as a despised, effeminate religion" as seen by the Romans, and later by Augustine and his followers up to the present.
Having analyzed the origins and sources of the 'darkness' the authors proceed to analyze traces of it in fields ranging from psychology, to the arts, and politics.
Againg the reviewer acknowledges that "The treatment of Freud's writing in the segment addressing psychology is well done, the authors' argument being coherent and lucid." But immediately he launches an attack accusing the authors of being stuck in views expressed in Freud's early writings claiming that histerics suffered "from reminescences". Freud hiself soon rejected the idea that histerics had been sexually abused, and the authors too do not adhere to this idea.
Before concluding a long tirade against recontstructed memories even the reviewer feels symapthetic to the "judicious case being made by the authors". However -again an attack- as he adds, "I must reserve judgement on at least part of their critique. It is, nonetheless, well worth consideration."
The final, most vicious, and unwarranted attack is on the views expressed by the authors on contemporary foreign policies.
The reviewer takes just one (or perhaps two) phrases on Israel and says
"It is here that the authors go seriously astray, and where the faults of the postmodernist treatment of real human events shows its flawed underside." These erudite words precede a viscious attack on Israel and the Jews seen as the symbol of contemporary oppression and non-respect of human rights. All the nasty anti-semitic tirade that follows makes the book sound as a pro-Israel, anti-palestinian manifesto. This is clearly not in the intentions of the authors, which are very balanced in their views. But reveals a lurking and chilling hatred in the reviewer......Indeed.
PS I am not Jewish!