The Normal Chaos of Love / Edition 1

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This is a brilliant study of the nature of love in modern society. Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim argue that the nature of love is changing fundamentally, creating opportunities for democracy or chaos in personal life.

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"This is a much-needed attempt to move beyond the accusations ofpersonal failure that resound through what is called the "familyvalues" debate. Trying to maintain close relationships in a modernindividualized society, the authors show, is complicated by thegradual decline of the feudal relations between men and women thatonce structured family life at women's expense. Their depiction ofthis transformation is one in which we can all recognize ourindividual struggles, and yet also begin to connect our personalsearches, failures and hopes to the larger forces they reflect."Myra Marx Ferree, University of Connecticut

"Well argued, coherent and supported by evidence ... [A] sharpand thought-provoking book, which was a real pleasure to read."New Statesman and Society

"Stimulating analysis." Work, Employment and Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745613826
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/18/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,017,941
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Ulrich Beck is Professor of Sociology at the University ofMunich and at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Elizabeth Beck-Gernsheim is Professor of Sociology at theUniversity of Erlangen.

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Table of Contents


1. Love or Freedom.

2. From Love to Liaison.

3. Free Love, Free Divorce.

4. All For Love of a Child.

5. Eve's Late Apple.

6. Love, Our Secular Religion.




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