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Citadels of Pride

Sexual Abuse, Accountability, and Reconciliation

Martha C. Nussbaum

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Chicago University Press
11 June 2021
In this essential philosophical and practical reckoning, Martha C. Nussbaum, renowned for her eloquence and clarity of moral vision, shows how sexual abuse and harassment derive from using people as things to one's own benefit?like other forms of exploitation, they are rooted in the ugly emotion of pride. She exposes three ?Citadels of Pride? and the men who hoard power at the apex of each. In the judiciary, the arts, and sports, Nussbaum analyzes how pride perpetuates systemic sexual abuse, narcissism, and toxic masculinity. The courage of many has brought about some reforms, but justice is still elusive?warped sometimes by money, power, or inertia; sometimes by a collective desire for revenge. By analyzing the effects of law and public policy on our ever-evolving definitions of sexual violence, Nussbaum clarifies how gaps in U.S. law allow this violence to proliferate; why criminal laws dealing with sexual assault and Title VII, the federal law that is the basis for sexual harassment doctrine, need to be complemented by an understanding of the distorted emotions that breed abuse; and why anger and vengeance rarely achieve lasting change. Citadels of Pride offers a damning indictment of the culture of male power that insulates high-profile abusers from accountability. Yet Nussbaum offers a hopeful way forward, envisioning a future in which, as survivors mobilize to tell their stories and institutions pursue fair and nuanced reform, we might fully recognize the equal dignity of all people.
By:   Martha C. Nussbaum
Imprint:   Chicago University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 160mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   525g
ISBN:   9781324004110
ISBN 10:   1324004118
Pages:   296
Publication Date:   11 June 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, appointed in the law school and philosophy department. She is the author of numerous books and articles on moral, legal, and political philosophy, and recipient of many awards, including the Berggruen Prize, one of the world's most significant recognitions for public intellectuals. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Reviews for Citadels of Pride: Sexual Abuse, Accountability, and Reconciliation

Martha Nussbaum brings unflinching clarity and wisdom to illuminate shame and pride the operations of power and retribution surrounding sexual violence and intimidation. Nussbaum's distinctive fusion of law and philosophy exposes failures of recent reforms and points toward constructive future paths.--Martha Minow, author of When Should Law Forgive


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