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In this volume, noted scholars Elaine Hatfield and Richard Rapson focus on the cross-cultural research concerning the passionate beginnings of relationships: how people meet, fall in love, make love, and fall out of love, usually only to risk it all over again. Through in-depth analysis and astute assessment, they compare the way cultures try to set rules for these incendiary matters. Two main questions addressed are: 'What seems to be biological and universal?' and 'What seems to be socially constructed and transient?' Taking a historical perspective, the authors ask where different societies, and the world itself, are headed?
1 Preface Chapter 2 The Many Paths to Love Chapter 3 The Romantic, Sexual, and Marital Ideal Chapter 4 Falling in Love Chapter 5 Sex: Then and There Chapter 6 Sex: Here and Now Chapter 7 Passion— For Better of Worse Chapter 8 Breaking Up and Starting Over 9 References 10 Credits 11 Name Index 12 Subject Index
Posted May 2, 2000
This text was great for my Family Studies and Social Work class. I learned a lot from this and the professor. It is dense reading but you come away with a lot of knowledge about the other sex and other cultures. If you find yourself tired of reading, check out the little cartoons throughout the book. I found myself passing the book around to my friends because it was quite a conversation piece.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.