Women's Ways of Knowing: The Development of Self, Voice, and Mind

Women's Ways of Knowing: The Development of Self, Voice, and Mind

Women's Ways of Knowing: The Development of Self, Voice, and Mind

Women's Ways of Knowing: The Development of Self, Voice, and Mind

Synopsis

Despite the progress of the women's movement, many women still feel silenced in their families and schools. Based on in-depth interviews with 135 women, this volume explains why they feel this way.

Excerpt

If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.

--GEORGE ELIOT
Middlemarch

We do not think of the ordinary person as preoccupied with such difficult and profound questions as: What is truth? What is authority? To whom do I listen? What counts for me as evidence? How do I know what I know? Yet to ask ourselves these questions and to reflect on our answers is more than an intellectual exercise, for our basic assumptions about the nature of truth and reality and the origins of knowledge shape the way we see the world and ourselves as participants in it. They affect our definitions of ourselves, the way we interact with others, our public and private personae, our sense of control over life events, our views of teaching and learning, and our conceptions of morality.

In this book we examine women's ways of knowing and describe five different perspectives from which women view reality and draw conclusions about truth, knowledge, and authority. We show how women's self- concepts and ways of knowing are intertwined. We describe how women struggle to claim the power of their own minds. We then examine how the . . .

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