Love is a dominant theme in Western popular culture. It has become central to the meaning of everyday life, propagated through the media and the market. Being in love has become idealised. With the demise of institutional religion in the West, romantic love has become the dominant form of inner-worldly salvation. In Foucault’s terms, it has become a key component in the ‘arts of existence’ and the care of self.
In this highly accessible introduction to love of all kinds, Tom Inglis gives a clear, concise picture of how love shapes, and is shaped by, society. How is romantic love linked to capitalism? What is the difference between romantic love and loving? How is love connected to separation, loss and grief? Inglis addresses all these questions, and looks at how today’s changing circumstances – globalisation, mobile lives and a new rugged individualism – have changed our perceptions of love and relationships.
Love is an engaging, thoughtful introduction to the subject for students, academics and general readers alike.
Series editor’s preface 1. Love Makes the World Go Round 2. Romantic Love 3. All Kinds of Loving 4. Ingredients of Love 5. An Emotional Game 6. Being Lovely 7. Love and Sex 8. Making Love 9. Separation, Loss and Grief 10. Conclusion. Notes. Glossary. Suggested Further Reading
Shortcuts is a major new series of concise, accessible introductions to some of the major issues of our times. The series is developed as an A to Z coverage of emergent or new social, cultural and political phenomena. Issues and topics covered range from food to fat, from climate change to suicide bombing, from love to zombies. Whilst the principal focus of Shortcuts is the relevance of current issues, topics and debates to the social sciences and humanities, the books will also appeal to a wider audience seeking guidance on how to engage with today’s leading social, political and philosophical debates. Short and concise, the books will include cutting-edge pedagogical features such as a glossary of key terms, one-page argument summaries and a webliography.
Anthony Elliott is Director of the Hawke Research Institute, where he is Research Professor of Sociology at the University of South Australia. He is also Visiting Professor at University College Dublin, Ireland. His contact information is:
Professor Anthony Elliott, FASSA
Director, Hawke Research Institute
Research Professor of Sociology
University of South Australia
GPO Box 2471
Adelaide SA 5001
Tel.: 61 8 8302 1084
UCD School of Sociology
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 716 8674
Fax: +353 1 716 1125