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What is the significance of love and eroticism in contemporary social and cultural life? Do the irrationalities of love and sexual attraction increase the aggression and violence between the sexes? Or can the development of romantic love be linked to feminine freedom and the rise in the status of women? Has the quest for life-long romantic love given way to the affair? Or has there been a resurgence of conservative ideas of love and sex in the wake of the AIDS crisis?
This major collection explores the contested nature of love and eroticism. It examines the ways in which erotic bodily pleasures have become central to contemporary consumer culture. It investigates the spatial dimension of erotic life through considerations of Bohemian love, the gay city and the ways in which the urban landscape and everyday life have become sexualized - issues which have become central to the emergence of 'queer’ as a new form of gender politics and more general questions of sexual citizenship.
Drawing on the work of feminists, sociologists and cultural theorists, this book contains a wide-ranging and accessible set of contributions to contemporary debates on sexuality, love and eroticism.
Love & Eroticism is simultaneously published as volume 15, issue 3-4 of Theory, Culture & Society.
|Series:||Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)|
Table of Contents
Love and Eroticism - Mike Featherstone An IntroductionOn the Postmodern Uses of Sex - Zygmunt BaumanThe Sexual Citizen - Jeffrey WeeksOn the Way to the Post-Familial Family - From a Community of Need to Elective Affinities - Elizabeth Beck-GernsheimOn the Elementary Forms of Socioerotic Life - Sasha WeitmanBohemian Love - Elizabeth WilsonOtto Gross and Else Jaff[ac]e and Max Weber - Sam Whimster with Gottfried HeuerThe Lost Innocence of Love - Eva Illouz Romance as a Postmodern ConditionBalancing Sex and Love since the 1960's Sexual Revolution - Cas WoutersCitysex - Henning Bech Representing Lust in PublicLove and Structure - Charles Lindholm'Falling in Love with Love is Falling for Make Believe' - Mary Evans Ideologies of Romance in Post-Enlightenment CultureIntroduction to Georg Simmel's 'On the Sociology of the Family' - David FrisbyOn the Sociology of the Family - Georg SimmelSex and Sociality - Laura Rival, Don Slater and Daniel Miller Comparative Ethnographies of Sexual ObjectificationThe Nazi Eye Code of Falling in Love - Andrew Travers Bright Eyes, Black Heart, Crazed Gaze'On Me, Not In Me' - Cindy Patton Locating Affect in Nationalism after AIDSSeductions of the Impossible - Michael Richardson Love, the Erotic and Sacrifice in Surrealist DiscourseThe Lesson of Fire - Maria Esther Maciel Notes on Love and Eroticism in Octavio Paz's The Double FlameLove, Gender and Morality - Mike Hepworth Stephen Kern's 'Eyes of Love'Bodies, Sex and Death - Arthur W Frank