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Inappropriate Relationships: The Unconventional, the Disapproved, and the Forbidden
     

Inappropriate Relationships: The Unconventional, the Disapproved, and the Forbidden

by Robin Goodwin
 

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ISBN-10: 0805837426

ISBN-13: 9780805837421

Pub. Date: 06/01/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In one of the great euphemisms of our time, an embattled President Clinton admitted to an "inappropriate relationship" with his White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. But what exactly is an "inappropriate relationship?" For that matter, what is an "appropriate relationship?" And how can an understanding of the rules of "appropriateness" help us understand personal

Overview

In one of the great euphemisms of our time, an embattled President Clinton admitted to an "inappropriate relationship" with his White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. But what exactly is an "inappropriate relationship?" For that matter, what is an "appropriate relationship?" And how can an understanding of the rules of "appropriateness" help us understand personal relationships in our modern world?

Contributors to this book discuss the personal boundaries and taboos of modern relationships. Together they examine the power struggles that can occur when individuals are involved in "inappropriate" relationships, and the ways individuals in such a relationship may attempt to buffer themselves against sanctions—or even embrace this relationship as an agent of social change.

Representing work from a range of disciplines, this collection will appeal to scholars, researchers, students, and professionals working on relationships issues in areas across the social sciences, including those working in the fields of social psychology, family studies, social anthropology, cultural studies, and communication.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805837421
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Series:
LEA's Series on Personal Relationships Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: S. Duck, Series Editor's Foreword. Preface. Part I:Conceptualizing Inappropriate Relationships. S. Duck, L. VanderVoort, Scarlet Letters and Whited Sepulchres: The Social Marking of Relationships as "Inappropriate." P.C. Regan, Functional Features: An Evolutionary Perspective on Inappropriate Relationships. Part II:Inappropriate Marriages. G. Allan, K. Harrison, Marital Affairs. S.O. Gaines, J. Leaver, Interracial Relationships. R.G. Adams, J. Rosen-Grandon, Mixed Marriages: Music Community Membership as a Source of Marital Strain. Part III:Counternormative Relationships. R. Baumgarte, Cross-Gender Friendship: The Troublesome Relationship. A.K.T. Yip, Same-Sex Relationships. Part IV:Power-Discrepant Relationships. T. Garrett, Inappropriate Therapist-Patient "Relationships." D. Nobus, Over My Dead Body: On the Histories and Cultures of Necrophilia. B.H. Spitzberg, W.R. Cupach, The Inappropriateness of Relational Intrusion. D. Howitt, Social Exclusion—Pedophile Style. Part V:Epilogue. R. Goodwin, D. Cramer, Inappropriate Relationships in a Time of Social Change...Some Reflections on Culture, History, and Relational Dimensions.

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