David A. J. Richards

David A. J. Richards is Edwin D. Webb Professor of Law at New York University. He is the author of eleven books, including Conscience and the Constitution: History, Theory, and Law of the Reconstruction Amendments, and Women, Gays, and the Constitution: The Grounds for Feminism and Gay Rights in Culture and Law.

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Disarming Manhood · Roots of Ethical Resistance
By David A. J. Richards

Masculine codes of honor and dominance often are expressed in acts of violence, including war and terrorism. In Disarming Manhood: Roots of Ethical Resistance, David A. J. Richards examines the lives of five famous men—great leaders and crusaders—who actively resisted violence and presented more humane alternatives to further their causes. Richards argues that William Lloyd Garrison, Leo Tolstoy, Mohandas Gandhi, Winston Churchill, and Martin Luther King Jr.

"Disarming Manhood is one of the most important books of our time. David Richards brings a novelist’s eye and a psychologist’s questions to the lives of men who have notably challenged the linkages between manhood and violence. He traces the roots of their resistance to a close relationship with a loved mother or maternal caretaker, whose ethical voice they carry inside them. This is a book for all mothers of sons—for everyone invested in human survival."

Carol Gilligan, author of In a Different Voice and The Birth of Pleasure