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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT OF MORALITY: CAROL GILLIGAN

The conflict between self and other constitutes the central moral problem for women, posing a dilemma whose resolution requires a reconciliation between femininity and adulthood. … It is precisely this dilemma—the conflict between compassion and autonomy, between virtue and power—which the feminine voice struggles to resolve in its effort to reclaim the self and to solve the moral problem in such a way that no one is hurt.

(Gilligan, 1998, p. 356)

Gilligan’s groundbreaking book, In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development (1982), theorizes that women’s moral development is different from men’s, organized around notions of responsibility and care. Gilligan challenged Lawrence ...

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