Making Oneself Vulnerable to Discovery. Carol Gilligan in Conversation With Mechthild Kiegelmann


  • Mechthild Kiegelmann Karlsruhe University of Education



Carol Gilligan, human development, research relationships, voice approach, resistance, disconnection


In an interview with Mechthild KIEGELMANN, Carol GILLIGAN talks about her academic development, explains key ideas in her psychological theory and method, and reiterates her commitment to civil rights movements. GILLIGAN first began studying literature before she became a research psychologist, helping her to combine art with psychology, which is evident in her most widely influential book "In a Different Voice." In this book GILLIGAN illustrates her theory on disconnection and connectedness, voice and resistance. In the interview she updates us on further developments of her thinking and her research on the psychological development of women, adolescent girls, and young boys. The conversation between GILLIGAN and KIEGELMANN explores research relationships in empirical studies as well as the connectedness of articulating research questions and authentic listening in interviews. They discuss the voice approach as a method of analysis and GILLIGAN presents her current work in psychology and theater. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs090234


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Author Biography

Mechthild Kiegelmann, Karlsruhe University of Education

Mechthild KIEGELMANN currently holds a professorship (Lehrstuhlvertretung 2008/2009) in educational and applied developmental psychology at the University of Trier, Germany. She has also worked in developmental psychology at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany (Professurvertretung 2006/2008) and was assistant professor of educational psychology at the University of Tübingen (Wissenschaftliche Assistentin 1999-2006) as she received her habilitation in 2006. She earned her doctoral degree in 1997 from Harvard University where Carol GILLIGAN was her thesis advisor. Mechthild KIEGELMANN is the founder and current president of the international Center for Qualitative Psychology. Her research interests are in developing qualitative and mixed method approaches for psychological research, especially in the areas of trauma, silence breaking, coping with discrimination as well as multilingual language development and identity. She is currently working on identity development of multilingual children in early education and on evaluating the popular practice of "Baby Signing"; i.e. using signs from a sign language to foster communication within hearing families.




How to Cite

Kiegelmann, M. (2009). Making Oneself Vulnerable to Discovery. Carol Gilligan in Conversation With Mechthild Kiegelmann. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 10(2).

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