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The Purchase of Intimacy
     

The Purchase of Intimacy

by Viviana A. Zelizer
 

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ISBN-10: 0691130639

ISBN-13: 9780691130637

Pub. Date: 03/26/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

In their personal lives, people consider it essential to separate economics and intimacy. We have, for example, a long-standing taboo against workplace romance, while we see marital love as different from prostitution because it is not a fundamentally financial exchange. In The Purchase of Intimacy, Viviana Zelizer mounts a provocative challenge to this view

Overview

In their personal lives, people consider it essential to separate economics and intimacy. We have, for example, a long-standing taboo against workplace romance, while we see marital love as different from prostitution because it is not a fundamentally financial exchange. In The Purchase of Intimacy, Viviana Zelizer mounts a provocative challenge to this view. Getting to the heart of one of life's greatest taboos, she shows how we all use economic activity to create, maintain, and renegotiate important ties--especially intimate ties--to other people.

In everyday life, we invest intense effort and worry to strike the right balance. For example, when a wife's income equals or surpasses her husband's, how much more time should the man devote to household chores or child care? Sometimes legal disputes arise. Should the surviving partner in a same-sex relationship have received compensation for a partner's death as a result of 9/11?

Through a host of compelling examples, Zelizer shows us why price is central to three key areas of intimacy: sexually tinged relations; health care by family members, friends, and professionals; and household economics. She draws both on research and materials ranging from reports on compensation to survivors of 9/11 victims to financial management Web sites and advice books for same-sex couples.

From the bedroom to the courtroom, The Purchase of Intimacy opens a fascinating new window on the inner workings of the economic processes that pervade our private lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691130637
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/26/2007
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix
Prologue 1
Chapter 1: Encounters of Intimacy and Economy 7
Chapter 2: Intimacy in Law 47
Chapter 3: Coupling 94
Chapter 4: Caring Relations 158
Chapter 5: Household Commerce 209
Chapter 6: Intimate Revelations 287
References 309
Index 347

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