ERIC Number: ED349503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Gender Differences in Human Development: A Comparative Discussion of "Women's Ways of Knowing: The Development of Voice, Self and Mind" and "Iron John: A Book about Men."
Freeman, Brenda J.; Coll, Kenneth M.
This article is a comparative discussion of women's and men's development through an analysis of two current influential works. The discussion focuses upon the themes found in "Women's Ways of Knowing: The Development of Self, Voice and Mind" (Belenkv, Clinchy, Goldberger & Tarule, 1986) and "Iron John: A Book about Men" (Bly, 1990). The discussion examines mentoring, utilizing power from within, connected ways of relating, and responses to authority figures. The viewpoints about men and women expressed in the two books are compared and other viewpoints are noted. A chart which compares epistemological developmental categories is presented. For women from the Belenky book these five categories are given: silence; received knowledge; subjective knowledge; procedural knowledge; and constructed knowledge. For men from the Bly book these eight categories are given: wildman; acknowledging wounds; descent; accepting the father; the garden; inner warriors; moving through the sequence; and the grief man. The article concludes that the two books are both important works in that they further understanding of men and women as well as cultivate more possible relationships between gender and human development. (ABL)
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Identifiers: Iron John A Book About Men; Womens Way of Knowing