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Gender & Morality -- Research Starters Sociology

By: Gould, Marie;

2009 / EBSCO


In recent years, discussions of moral development have centered on the question of whether or not male and females develop within different frameworks and hold different moral values. Carol Gilligan outlined her critique of Lawrence Kohlberg's theory of moral development in her book "In a Different Voice." She argued that Kohlberg's work discounted women's views of morality, and offered the theory that women tend to hold an ethics of care, rather than justice. Since publishing her book, Gilligan has received considerable criticism. Over the past few years, some scholars have pushed to broaden the field to study the roles religion, culture, and biology play in moral development.