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Book review: from sex writing to the works of Plato: exploring the sociology of relationships in the contemporary world

Gabb, Jacqui (2012) Book review: from sex writing to the works of Plato: exploring the sociology of relationships in the contemporary world. LSE Review of Books (24 May 2012) Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Eva Illouz’s new book on the sociology of contemporary relationships is not simply a feminist text that laments the plight of women. Jacqui Gabb finds that Illouz unpicks the artifice of evolutionary biology and psycho-dynamic accounts which seek to cleave open ‘natural’ differences between men and women. The author’s positioning of emotions as part of social structures is a timely provocation and makes a valuable contribution to the sociology of emotions, but there is weakness in her focus on heteronormative relationships. Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation. Eva Illouz. Polity Press. March 2012. 300 pages.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/
Additional Information: © 2012 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE Review of Books
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2012 13:47
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/44650/

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