WorldCat Identities

Richards, David A. J.

Works: 44 works in 231 publications in 4 languages and 15,776 library holdings
Genres: History  Trials, litigation, etc  Case studies  Creative nonfiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Other
Classifications: KF4550, 342.73087
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by David A. J Richards
Toleration and the Constitution by David A. J Richards( )

24 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and held by 2,071 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Current changes in the structure of the Supreme Court, as well as recent Supreme Court decisions affecting individual rights, have today brought constitutional issues to the forefront of American thought. This study, based on an original synthesis of political theory, history, law, and a larger approach to the interpretation of culture, develops a general theory of constitutional interpretation, touching on a myriad of current topics of constitutional controversy, including church-state relations, the scope of free speech, and the application of the constitutional right to privacy, abortion, and consensual adult sexual relations
Italian American : the racializing of an ethnic identity by David A. J Richards( )

9 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,989 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher description: 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 examines why Italian Americans were so reluctant to influence depictions of themselves and their own collective identity. He argues that American racism could not have had the durability or political power it has had either in the popular understanding or in the corruption of constitutional ideals unless many new immigrants, themselves often regarded as racially inferior, had been drawn into accepting and supporting many of the terms of American racism. With its unprecedented focus on Italian American identity and an interdisciplinary approach to comparative culture and law, this timely study sheds important light on the history and contemporary importance of identity and multicultural politics in American political and constitutional debate
Foundations of American constitutionalism by David A. J Richards( )

15 editions published in 1989 in English and Italian and held by 1,935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In writing the constitution, the Founders combined a Lockean theory of politically legitimate power with the political science they had learned from Machiavelli, Harrington, Hume, and Montesquieu to articulate a new conception of constitutional argument. Examining the Founders' humanist analytical methods and working assumptions, this book combines history, political philosophy, and interpretive practice as it demonstrates an alternative exegesis of the Constitution. It clarifies a wide range of interpretive issues of federalism, enumerated rights (religious liberty and free speech), unenumerated rights (the constitutional right to privacy), and equal protection
Conscience and the Constitution : history, theory, and law of the Reconstruction amendments by David A. J Richards( )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2016 in English and German and held by 1,420 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, Richards links history, law, and political theory. In Conscience and the Constitution, this method leads from an analysis of the Reconstruction Amendments to a broad discussion of the American constitutional system as a whole. Richards's interpretation focuses on the abolitionists and their radical commitment to the "dissenting conscience." In his view, the Reconstruction Amendments expressed not only the constitutional arguments of a particular historical period but also a general political theory developed by the abolitionists, who restructured the American political community in terms of respect for universal human rights. He argues further that the amendments make a claim on our generation to keep faith with the vision of the "founders of 1865." In specific terms he points out what such allegiance would mean in the context of present-day constitutional issues
Fundamentalism in American religion and law : Obama's challenge to patriarchy's threat to democracy by David A. J Richards( )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,101 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
The deepening darkness : patriarchy, resistance, and democracy's future by Carol Gilligan( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 888 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
Women, gays, and the constitution : the grounds for feminism and gay rights in culture and law by David A. J Richards( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 809 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
Disarming manhood : roots of ethical resistance by David A. J Richards( )

10 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 781 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
The case for gay rights : from Bowers to Lawrence and beyond by David A. J Richards( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 743 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
Identity and the case for gay rights : race, gender, religion as analogies by David A. J Richards( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the link between gay rights and three successful civil rights movements, black civil rights, feminism, and religious toleration, and explains how those three movements can serve as an example for the gay civil rights movement
Sex, drugs, death and the law : an essay on human rights and overcriminalization by David A. J Richards( Book )

8 editions published between 1982 and 1986 in English and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sodomy cases : Bowers v. Hardwick and Lawrence v. Texas by David A. J Richards( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 563 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."--Jacket
Free speech and the politics of identity by David A. J Richards( Book )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Challenges the scholarly view as well as the dominant legal view outside the United States that the right of free speech may reasonably be traded off in pursuit of justice to stigmatized minorities and argues that these rights are structurally linked; the abridgement of one compromises the other. [book cover]
Patriarchal religion, sexuality, and gender : a critique of new natural law by Nicholas Bamforth( Book )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and Ukrainian and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is an evaluation and critique of 'new natural law', a school of thought first advanced by Germain Grisez and ostensibly based on the work of Thomas Aquinas. Members of this school, in particular John Finnis and Robert George, have prominently defended conservative moral views about sexuality (in particular, about lesbian and gay and 'non-marital' heterosexual sexual activity) and gender (in particular, about contraception and abortion), and have presented their arguments as being of a secular rather than doctrinal character." "Bamforth and Richards argue that the new natural lawyers' views - which were advanced before the U.S. Supreme Court in Lawrence vs. Texas (concerning decriminalization of gay sex) - are neither of a secular character nor properly consistent with the philosophical aims of historical Thomism. Instead, their positions concerning lesbian and gay sexuality, contraception and abortion serve as a defense of the conservative doctrinal stance of the Papacy - a stance now properly rejected by many thoughtful Catholics. The book suggests that the new natural lawyers' arguments are rooted in an embattled defense of the highly patriarchal structure of Catholic religious authority, and as such are unappealing in a modern constitutional democracy. Alternative interpretations of Christianity, not flawed in the way that new natural law is, are both possible and more constitutionally acceptable."--Jacket
The moral criticism of law by David A. J Richards( Book )

6 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why love leads to justice : love across the boundaries by David A. J Richards( Book )

11 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 281 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
Tragic manhood and democracy : Verdi's voice and the power of musical art by David A. J Richards( Book )

8 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 241 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
The rise of gay rights and the fall of the British empire : liberal resistance and the Bloomsbury group by David A. J Richards( Book )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 230 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 )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 132 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
Darkness now visible : patriarchy's resurgence and feminist resistance by Carol Gilligan( Book )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the fall of 2016 those promoting patriarchal ideals saw their champion Donald Trump elected president of the United States and showed us how powerful patriarchy still is in American society and culture. Darkness Now Visible: Patriarchy's Resurgence and Feminist Resistance explains how patriarchy and its embrace of misogyny, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and violence are starkly visible and must be recognized and resisted. Carol Gilligan and David A. J. Richards offer a bold and original thesis: that gender is the linchpin that holds in place the structures of unjust oppression through the codes of masculinity and femininity that subvert the capacity to resist injustice. Feminism is not an issue of women only, or a battle of women versus men - it is the key ethical movement of our age
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.26 (from 0.04 for Italian Am ... to 0.65 for Patriarcha ...)

Toleration and the Constitution
Italian American : the racializing of an ethnic identityFoundations of American constitutionalismConscience and the Constitution : history, theory, and law of the Reconstruction amendmentsFundamentalism in American religion and law : Obama's challenge to patriarchy's threat to democracyThe deepening darkness : patriarchy, resistance, and democracy's futureWomen, gays, and the constitution : the grounds for feminism and gay rights in culture and lawDisarming manhood : roots of ethical resistanceThe case for gay rights : from Bowers to Lawrence and beyond
Alternative Names
Richards, David

Richards, David A. J.

Richards, David A.J. 1944-

Richards, David Armand Joseph

Richards, David Armand Joseph 1944-