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From the Publisher"Kaufmann is a wise and clever microsociologist, inspired by ErvingGoffman, by fashion magazines, and by kittenish and cougarishwomen. He is the voice of the annoyed, the vexed, the fearful, andthe comforted."
"Living in an increasingly detraditionalised world opens upglorious new opportunities for individual autonomy andself-realisation. It also creates unprecedented pressures onlong-term relationships. Kaufmann brilliantly captures this paradox of life in late modernity,analysing the seemingly limitless sources of mutual irritation ineveryday life, as well as spouses' inventive revenge andpeacemaking tactics."
Véronique Mottier, Jesus College, Cambridge &University of Lausanne
"Jean-Claude Kaufman's Gripes is one of those rare booksthat brings into focus a seemingly unimportant fact of life.Irritation and the slow abrasive effect of the gripes it causes aresands that grind down the gears of relationships. Behavioralscientists and self-help advisers make so much of the powerfulpassions. Kaufman brilliantly illuminates the simpler forces ofsocial disruption."
Charles C. Lemert, author of Muhammad Ali: Trickster in theCulture of Irony