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This volume brings together contributions on the study of sexual affairs in committed personal relationships. The editors enlisted colleagues with varied theoretical and methodological perspectives from Britain, the United States, and other countries. Together, their contributions provide a broad, cross-national perspective on affairs.

Grounded in theoretical discussion, the chapters in this book introduce data collected by a broad range of methods, including attitude surveys, ...

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The State of Affairs: Explorations in infidelity and Commitment

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Overview

This volume brings together contributions on the study of sexual affairs in committed personal relationships. The editors enlisted colleagues with varied theoretical and methodological perspectives from Britain, the United States, and other countries. Together, their contributions provide a broad, cross-national perspective on affairs.

Grounded in theoretical discussion, the chapters in this book introduce data collected by a broad range of methods, including attitude surveys, large statistical cohort studies, case studies, depth interviews, and group discussions. A number of contributors locate the theoretical discussion of affairs within the broader contemporary ordering of committed relationships, contrasting the liberating and empowering aspects of affairs with the damage they may inflict on society as a whole and on the lives of individuals and families. The themes of passion, transgression, secrecy, lies, betrayal, and gossip are common to a range of chapters throughout. The volume provides broad literature reviews and theoretical discussions concerning particular aspects of affairs, such as communication and jealousy. In addition, case studies are used for the more detailed exploration of heterosexual affairs and contemporary developments in gay male and lesbian relationships.

The State of Affairs will be of interest to researchers, scholars, and students in social psychology; communication; sociology; family, social, and clinical psychology; and for practitioners in couple counseling.

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Table of Contents

Series foreword
Preface
1 Sex, lies and ... transformation 1
2 The sociological significance of affairs 15
3 Intimacy, negotiated nonmonogamy, and the limits of the couple 35
4 Communication and martial infidelity 59
5 Renaissance of romanticism in the era if increasing individualism 79
6 Men, women, and infidelity : sex differences in extradyadic sex and jealousy 103
7 Being unfaithful : his turn and her affairs 121
8 "From here to epiphany..." : power and identity in the narrative of an affair 141
9 A different affair? : openness and nonmonogamy in same sex relationships 167
10 Affairs and children 187
11 The role of female friends in the management of affairs 203
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