Changing Relations: Achieving Intimacy in a Time of Social Transition

Changing Relations: Achieving Intimacy in a Time of Social Transition

by Robin Goodwin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521842042

ISBN-13: 9780521842044

Pub. Date: 12/31/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In a fast-changing world, what impact does social change have on our everyday relationships? How do modernisation processes influence our broader values, and how might these then affect our desires to marry, have a family and develop our social networks? And how do sudden events in a society – invasions, civil conflict, terrorist attacks, collapse of a

Overview

In a fast-changing world, what impact does social change have on our everyday relationships? How do modernisation processes influence our broader values, and how might these then affect our desires to marry, have a family and develop our social networks? And how do sudden events in a society – invasions, civil conflict, terrorist attacks, collapse of a political system – influence our relationship decisions and processes? In this book Goodwin critically reviews the literature on modernisation and contemporary relationships, challenging simplistic conclusions about the ‘end of intimacy’ and the inevitable decline of personal commitment. Reviewing work from across the globe, he also contends that adaptation to rapid change is moderated by individual, social class and cultural variations, with consequently differing impacts on everyday relations. In doing so he brings together contemporary debates in psychology, sociology and the political sciences on coping with social change and its impact on personal relations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521842044
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Series:
Advances in Personal Relationships Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1. Defining and measuring social change; 2. The myth of modernisation?; 3. More beautiful than a monkey: the achievement of intimacy; 4. Friends and social networks; 5. Sex and the modern city; 6. Marriage and the family; 7. Modeling social change and relationships.

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