Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life

Romantic Relationships in a Time of ‘Cold Intimacies’

Editors: Carter, Julia, Arocha, Lorena (Eds.)

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  • Tests claims of ‘cold intimacies’ in a variety of geopolitical and social contexts
  • Presents alternative theoretical perspectives of romantic relationships
  • Provides an ideal resource for anyone working on couple relationships, marriage and intimacy
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This book addresses the nature of intimacy and relationships in a time of what Eva Illouz characterizes as ‘cold intimacies’. The contributors to this collection highlight the ambivalence and tensions contained in ‘intimacy’ by uncovering a nuanced and complex dynamic, in which interpersonal relations and the public sphere are mutually constituted. A range of topics areexplored, including the new conditions of ‘choice’, the abundance of partners, class and emotional competence, rational decision-making and the specific forms of ‘love pain’ which can emerge from cooled intimacy. The chapters also shed light on the limits of this theoretical contribution, highlighting the importance of parenting, violence, poverty, and other material constraints that continue to limit and frame individuals’ romantic choices. Overall this volume presents an interpretation of intimacy that is not just ‘cold’ but includes practices, desires and feelings that are safe and dangerous, that bring solace or erupt in violence, that lead to salvation or condemnation, and where virtual encounters and increased internal and crossborder mobility have altered the relationship between intimacy and (physical/emotional) distance.

Romantic Relationships in a Time of ‘Cold Intimacies’ will be of interest to scholars and students across a range of disciplines, including sociology, social work, social policy and demography, as well as practitioners and policy-makers with an interest in couple relationships.

About the authors

Julia Carter is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of the West of England, UK. 
Lorena Arocha is Lecturer in Contemporary Slavery (Criminology), University of Hull, UK. 

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-13

    Carter, Julia (et al.)

  • Intimate Relationships and Choice in a Time of ‘Cold Intimacies’: Examining Illouz

    Pages 17-35

    Thwaites, Rachel

  • Making Up and Breaking Up: The Changing Commitments of Age-Dissimilar Couples

    Pages 37-56

    McKenzie, Lara

  • The Transformation of Love? Choice, Emotional Rationality and Wedding Gifts

    Pages 57-79

    Carter, Julia (et al.)

  • ‘I Would Like to Be Better at It’: A Critical Engagement with Illouz’s Account of Men and Intimacy in Romantic Relationships

    Pages 83-107

    McQueen, Fiona (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Romantic Relationships in a Time of ‘Cold Intimacies’
Editors
  • Julia Carter
  • Lorena Arocha
Series Title
Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-29256-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-29256-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-29255-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 313
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