Sex Roles (2008) 59:903–905 DOI 10.1007/s11199-008-9461-z BOOK REVIEW The Hidden Life of Girls: Games of Stance, Status, and Exclusion. By Marjorie Harness Goodwin, Malden, MA, Blackwell Publishing, 2006. 329 pp. $29.95 (paperback). ISBN-0-631-23425-x William A. Corsaro Published online: 21 June 2008 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2008 For many years Marjorie Goodwin has been arguing against use of “hypothetical dilemmas” in studying moral devel- the dual culture approach to gender in the social sciences opment in that she relied on interviews about the real live of made popular by Carol Gilligan and others. Gilligan’s(1982, girls. However, Goodwin points out that like Kohlberg’s 1987) theory and research challenged her fellow psycholo- hypothetical dilemmas, Gilligan’s interviews are abstracted gist Lawrence Kohlberg’s(1976) views on moral develop- away from the “actual scenes that make up the lived social ment which proposed that females were less concerned than worlds of girls and women” (p. 35). Goodwin criticizes males with abstract independent rules. Gilligan (1982, 1987) Lever on the same score for studying the structural features argued that moral development is best seen in a dual of games of boys and girls rather than actually observing perspective in which males focus on justice based
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