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Richards, David A. J.

Works: 21 works in 152 publications in 2 languages and 13,595 library holdings
Genres: History  Trials, litigation, etc  Case studies  Creative nonfiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author
Classifications: KF4550, 342.73087
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Most widely held works by David A. J Richards
Toleration and the Constitution by David A. J Richards( Book )

19 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 893 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author argues the relevance of philosophical and political theory for the interpretation of law, and especially for constitutional interpretation. He surveys all of the major contemporary theories of constitutional interpretation, and concludes that 'interpretivism', the view that interpretation should concern itself only with the text of the American Constitution and the intentions of its framers, is invalid. He presents both historical and theoretical arguments in support of a contractarian theory of interpretation - a theory that affirms the moral sovereignty of the people, and maintains that toleration, or respect for conscience and individual freedom, is the central constitutional ideal. The book goes on to examine some of the implications of this theory through important issues in constitutional law: freedom of religion, speech, and privacy
Women, gays, and the constitution : the grounds for feminism and gay rights in culture and law by David A. J Richards( Book )

5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this David A.J. Richards combines an interpretive history of culture and law, political philosophy, and constitutional analysis to explain the background, development, and growing impact of two human rights movements: feminism and gay rights. Richards argues that both movements are extensions of rights-based dissent, rooted in antebellum abolitionist feminism that condemned both American racism and sexism. He sees the progressive role of such radical dissent as a moral voice in the American constitutional tradition. He examines the role of dissident African Americans, Jews, women, and homosexuals in forging alternative visions of rights-based democracy. He also draws attention to Walt Whitman's poetry, showing how it made space for the voices of homosexuals in public and private culture. According to Richards, contemporary feminism rediscovers and elaborates this earlier tradition. And, similarly, the movement for gay rights builds upon an interpretation of abolitionist feminism developed by Whitman in his defense, both in poetry and prose, of love between men. Richards explores Whitman's impact on pro-gay advocates, including John Addington Symonds, Havelock Ellis, Edward Carpenter, Oscar Wilde, and André Gide. He also discusses other writers and reformers such as Margaret Sanger, Franz Boas, Elizabeth Stanton, W.E.B. DuBois, and Adrienne Rich. Richards addresses controversies such as the exclusion of homosexuals from the military and from the right to marriage and concludes with a defense of the struggle for such constitutional rights in terms of the principles of rights-based feminism.--From publisher's description
Foundations of American constitutionalism by David A. J Richards( Book )

14 editions published in 1989 in 3 languages and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Richards here argues that the legal interpretation of the US constitution depends on an understanding of the liberal humanist principles which guided the Founders
Identity and the case for gay rights : race, gender, religion as analogies by David A. J Richards( Book )

8 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Analogy between Race and Gender
Sex, drugs, death and the law : an essay on human rights and overcriminalization by David A. J Richards( Book )

7 editions published between 1982 and 1986 in English and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The case for gay rights : from Bowers to Lawrence and beyond by David A. J Richards( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Americans wrestle with debates over traditional values, defense of marriage, and gay rights, reason often seems to take a back seat to emotion. In response, legal scholar Richards reflects upon the constitutional and democratic principles--relating to privacy, intimate life, free speech, tolerance, and conscience--that underpin these often heated debates. The distillation of Richards's thirty-year advocacy for the rights of gays and lesbians, his book provides a reflective treatise on basic human rights that touch all of our lives. He places in context two key Supreme Court cases: the 1986 Bowers v. Hardwick decision, and the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision which overturned it. Drawing upon his own experiences as a gay man, Richards interweaves personal observations with philosophical, political, judicial, and psychological insights to make a case that gays should be entitled to the same rights and protections that every American enjoys.--From publisher description
The sodomy cases : Bowers v. Hardwick and Lawrence v. Texas by David A. J Richards( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Supreme Court's decision in Bowers v. Hardwick (1986) stemmed from a 1982 gay-sex arrest in an Atlanta home under a Georgia law that criminalized sodomy - a case not originally prosecuted, but then pursued in court to challenge the statute's constitutionality. Lawrence v. Texas (2003) followed a similar arrest in 1998 in Houston, where Texas law also criminalized sodomy - but only when practiced by members of the same sex." "David Richards views these cases as the nadir and apogee of the gay community's efforts to fight discrimination through the courts. In Bowers, the Supreme Court ruled that there was no constitutional protection for sodomy and that states could outlaw those practices. But in Lawrence, the Court overturned the Texas law - and the Bowers decision as well - because it denied due process protection to consenting adults whose sexual practices were conducted in private. Justice Kennedy's majority opinion reaffirmed a constitutionally protected right to privacy that prevented the government from regulating intimate behavior." "Tracing the Court's deliberations, Richards shows how Lawrence unambiguously establishes that the right to a private life is an innately human right and that our constitutional right to privacy rests on the moral bedrock of equal protection. He shifts from the law to literature, and from the Courts to the wider culture, to offer an analysis of the relevant arguments, going beneath their surface to link them to the emotional and moral foundations of the controversies raging around these decisions." "Both of these cases show a Supreme Court ready to take seriously the idea that homosexuals have human rights - and that these rights are the basis of judicially enforceable constitutional rights. In describing these challenges to public prejudice, Richards's book offers students and general readers new insight into the practice and theory of constitutional law."--BOOK JACKET
Conscience and the Constitution : history, theory, and law of the Reconstruction amendments by David A. J Richards( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At stage center of the American drama, maintains David A.J. Richards, is the attempt to understand the implications of the Reconstruction Amendments--Amendments Thirteen, Fourteen, and Fifteen to the United States Constitution. Richards evaluates previous efforts to interpret the amendments and then proposes his own view: together the amendments embodied a self-conscious rebirth of America's revolutionary, rights-based constitutionalism. Building on an approach to constitutional law developed in his Toleration and the Constitution and Foundations of American Constitutionalism
Italian American : the racializing of an ethnic identity by David A. J Richards( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When southern Italians began emigrating to the U.S. in large numbers in the 1870s-part of the ""new immigration"" from southern and eastern rather than northern Europe-they were seen as racially inferior, what David A.J. Richards terms ""nonvisibly"" black. The first study of its kind, Italian American explores the acculturation process of Italian immigrants in terms of then-current patterns of European and American racism. Delving into the political and legal context of flawed liberal nationalism both in Italy (the Risorgimento) and the United States (Reconstruction Amendments), Richards
Free speech and the politics of identity by David A. J Richards( Book )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The constitutional evil of homophobia
Disarming manhood : roots of ethical resistance by David A. J Richards( Book )

9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 their causes with more humane alternatives. Richards argues that Winston Churchill, William Lloyd Garrison, Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Leo Tolstoy shared a psychology whose nonviolent roots were deeply influenced by a loving, maternalistic ethos deeply influenced by the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Drawing upon psychology, history, political theory, and literature, Richards threads a connection between these leaders and the maternal figures who profoundly shaped their responses to conflict. Their lives and work underscore how the outlook of maternal care givers and women enables some men to resist the violent responses characteristic of traditional manhood. The voice of nonviolent masculinity has empowered important democratic movements of ethical transformation, including civil disobedience in South Africa, India, and the United States. Disarming Manhood demonstrates that as Churchill, Garrison, Gandhi, King, and Tolstoy carried out their various missions they were galvanized by teachings whose ethical foundations rejected unjust violence and favored peaceful alternatives. Accessibly written and free of jargon, Disarming Manhood's exploration of human nature and maternal bonds will interest a wide audience as it furthers the understanding of human nature itself and contributes to the fields of developmental psychology and feminist scholarship
Fundamentalism in American religion and law : Obama's challenge to patriarchy's threat to democracy by David A. J Richards( Book )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why, from Reagan to George Bush, have fundamentalists in religion and in law (originalists) exercised such political power and influence in the United States? Why has the Republican Party forged an ideology of judicial appointments (originalism) hostile to abortion and gay rights? Why and how did Barack Obama distinguish himself among Democratic candidates not only by his opposition to the Iraq war but by his opposition to originalism?" "This book argues that fundamentalism in both religion and law threatens democratic values and draws its appeal from a patriarchal psychology still alive in our personal and political lives and at threat from the constitutional developments since the 1960s. The argument analyzes this psychology (based on traumatic loss in intimate life) and resistance to it (based on the love of equals). Obama's resistance to originalism arises from his developmental history as a democratic, as opposed to patriarchal, man who resists the patriarchal demands on men and women that originalism enforces - in particular, the patriarchal love laws that tell people who and how and how much they may love."--Jacket
Tragic manhood and democracy : Verdi's voice and the power of musical art by David A. J Richards( Book )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verdi's tragic musical drama speaks of an emotional loss that literally cannot under patriarchy be spoken, namely, what the author calls the tragedy of patriarchy - a divided psychology that lives in the tension between patriarchal practices and democratic principles, and between the psychological demands of patriarchy and democratic manhood."--Jacket
Why love leads to justice : love across the boundaries by David A. J Richards( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why Love Leads to Justice Love Across the Boundaries This book tells the stories of notable historical figures who, by resisting patriarchal laws condemning adultery, gay and lesbian sex, and sex across the boundaries of religion and race, brought about lasting social and political change. Constitutional scholar David A.J. Richards investigates the lives of leading transgressive artists, social critics, and activists including George Eliot, Benjamin Britten, Christopher Isherwood, Bayard Rustin, James Baldwin, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Margaret Mead. Richards shows how ethical empowerment, motivated by love, allowed these figures to resist the injustices of anti-Semitism, racism, sexism, and homophobia, leading to the constitutional condemnation of these political evils in the United States, Britain, and beyond. Love and law thus grow together, and this book shows how and why. Drawing from developmental psychology (including studies of trauma), political theory, the history of social movements, literature, biography, and law, this book will be a thought- provoking tool for anyone interested in civil rights"--Provided by publisher
The rise of gay rights and the fall of the British empire : liberal resistance and the Bloomsbury group by David A. J Richards( Book )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book argues that there is an important connection between ethical resistance to British imperialism and the ethical discovery of gay rights. It examines the roots of liberal resistance in Britain and resistance to patriarchy in the USA, showing the importance of fighting the demands of patriarchal manhood and womanhood to countering imperialism. Advocates of feminism and gay rights are key because they resist the gender binary's role in rationalizing sexism and homophobia. The connection between the rise of gay rights and the fall of empire illuminates questions of the meaning of democracy and universal human rights as shared human values that have appeared since World War II. The book casts doubt on the thesis that arguments for gay rights must be extrinsic to democracy and reflect Western values. To the contrary, gay rights arise from within liberal democracy, and its critics polemically use such opposition to cover and rationalize their own failures of democracy."--Publisher website
Resisting injustice and the feminist ethics of care in the age of Obama : "suddenly ... all the truth was coming out " by David A. J Richards( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"David A.J. Richards's Resisting Injustice and The Feminist Ethics of Care in The Age of Obama: "Suddenly ... All The Truth Was Coming Out" builds on his and Carol Gilligan's The Deepening Darkness to examine the roots of the resistance movements of the 1960s, the political psychology behind contemporary conservatism, and President Obama's present-day appeal as well as the reasons for the reactionary politics against him. Richards begins by laying out the basics of the ethics of care and proposing an alternative basis for ethics: relationality, which is based in convergent findings in infant research, neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology. He critically analyzes patriarchal politics and states that they are rooted in a reactionary psychology that attacks human relationality and ethics. From there, the book examines the 1960s resistance movements and argues that they were fundamentally oriented around challenging patriarchy. Richards asserts that the reactionary politics in America from the 1960s to the present are in service of an American patriarchy threatened by the resistance movements ranging from the 1960s civil rights movements to the present gay rights movement. Reactionary politics intend to marginalize and even reverse the ethical achievements accomplished by resistance movements--creating, in effect, a system of patriarchy hiding in democracy. Richards consequently argues that Obama's appeal is connected to his challenge to this system of patriarchy and will examine both Obama's appeal and the reactions against him in light of the 2012 presidential election. This book positions recent American political development in a broad analysis of the role of patriarchy in human oppression throughout history, and argues that a feminist-based ethics of care is necessary to form a more humane and inclusive democratic politics."--Publisher's website
Disarming manhood roots of ethical resistance by David A. J Richards( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Patriarchal religion, sexuality, and gender : a critique of new natural law by Nicholas Bamforth( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines the patriarchal nature of fundamental Christianity and offers a critique of the new natural lawyers' school of thought
The deepening darkness : patriarchy, resistance, and democracy's future by Carol Gilligan( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why is America again fighting an unjust and limitless war? In this era of rising economic inequality and diminished human rights and values, why is America's political discussion distorted by religious fundamentalism, the fear of gay marriage, and the specter of abortion outlawed? Such contradictions within democracies arise from a patriarchal psychology still alive in our personal and political lives, in tension with the equal voice that is the basis of democracy. The Deepening Darkness traces the roots of this tension by joining Carol Gilligan's expertise in developmental psychology with David Richards's research into ethical resistance to injustice."--Jacket
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Toleration and the Constitution
Alternative Names
Richards, David

Richards, David A. J.

Richards, David A.J. 1944-

Richards, David Armand Joseph

Richards, David Armand Joseph 1944-

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Women, gays, and the constitution : the grounds for feminism and gay rights in culture and lawFoundations of American constitutionalismIdentity and the case for gay rights : race, gender, religion as analogiesThe case for gay rights : from Bowers to Lawrence and beyondThe sodomy cases : Bowers v. Hardwick and Lawrence v. TexasConscience and the Constitution : history, theory, and law of the Reconstruction amendmentsItalian American : the racializing of an ethnic identityFree speech and the politics of identity