Bolti ár: 5700 Ft
Internetes ár: 5130 Ft (10% kedvezmény)
Kiadás éve: 2008
Kiadó: Columbia University Press
Kategóriák: Társadalomtudomány/Gender Studies, Kultúra, Antropológia, Pszichológia, pszichoterápia
No culture is ever completely successful or satisfied with its synthesis of romantic love, companionship, and sexual desire. Whether the setting is a busy metropolis or a quiet farming village, a tension always exists between a community's sexual habits and customs and what it believes to be the proper context for love. Even in Western societies, we prefer sexual passion to romance and companionship, and no study of any culture has shown that individuals regard passion and affection equally.
The pursuit of love and sex has generated an infinite number of ambiguities and contradictions, yet every community hopes to find a resolution to this conflict either by joining, dividing, or stressing one act over the other. In this follow-up to Romantic Passion: A Universal Experience?, William R. Jankowiak examines how different cultures rationalize the expression of passionate and comfort love and physical sex. He begins by mapping out the intricacies of the love/sex conundrum and the psychological dilemma of reconciling these competing forces. He then follows with essays on sex, love, and intimacy among Central African foragers and farmers; the love dyad in Lithuania; intimacy among the Lahu of Southwestern China; the interplay of love, sex, and marriage in the High Himalayas; verbalized experiences of love and sexuality in Indonesia; love work as it relates to sex work among prostitutes; intimacies and estrangements in the marital and extramarital relationships of Huli men; infidelity and masculinity in Southwestern Nigeria; and the ritual of sex and the rejuvenation of the love bond among married couples in the United States.
"William R. Jankowiak’s splendid new anthology focuses on the relationship of sexual passion to companionate love in a great variety of settings throughout the world. Not only do the essays offer fine-grained ethnography but they also feature a refreshing theoretical eclecticism that will make this collection very useful in the classroom. What is more, the overall quality of exposition is uniformly straightforward and clear. Intimacies is an exciting addition to the growing cross-cultural literature on love. This volume represents cultural anthropology as it should be." — (David Lipset, professor of anthropology, University of Minnesota)
"For years the study of love languished in anthropology and the social sciences. William R. Jankoviak's previous work (Romantic Passion: A Universal Experience?) brought the topic of love and sexuality to the forefront of anthropological study and established that love is a cultural universal. His current edited book, Intimacies: Love and Sex Across Cultures brings together eleven scholars whose work illuminates the integrating theme of the book: the tensions between passion, companionate or ‘comfort’ love, and sex, a dilemma that is handled differently in varying cultural settings. The contributions are of a high level, the book is a pleasure to read and the topic is absolutely fascinating. Intimacies: Love and Sex across Cultures is just what ‘the love doctor’ ordered—the right tonic for a discipline that is now recognizing the universal cultural importance of love." — (Thomas Gregor, professor of anthropology and religious studies, Vanderbilt University)
William R. Jankowiak is professor of anthropology and ethnic studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
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