This unique, timely book of original essays sets the stage for a new materialist feminist debate on the analysis, ethics and politics of love. The contributors raise questions about social power and domination, situating their research in a materialist feminist perspective that investigates love historically, in order to understand changing ideologies, representations and practices. The essays range from studies of particular representations and examples of love - feminist translation, mass media images and internet love blogs - to feminist theories of love and marriage, to ethical and political theories describing, critiquing or advocating the use of love in groups as a radical force. They break new ground in bringing together questions of gendered interests in love, temporal dimensions of loving practices and the politics of love in radical transformations of society.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Ann Ferguson and Anna G. Jónasdóttir 2. Love Studies: A (Re)New(ed) Field of Feminist Knowledge Interests Anna G. Jónasdóttir Part I: Gendered Interests in Sexual Love 3. Love, Social Change, and Everyday Heterosexuality Stevi Jackson 4. Royal Love: Gender, Power, and National Identity in the Swedish Crown Princess Wedding Anna Adeniji 5. "Loving More Than One": On the Discourse of Polyamory Christian Klesse 6. A (Re)Turn to Love: An Epistemic Conversation between Lorde’s "Uses of the Erotic" and Jónasdóttir’s "Love Power" Violet Eudine Barriteau 7. Loving Him for Who He Is: The Microsociology of Power Lena Gunnarsson Part II: The Ethical and Political Implications of Time and Love in Caring Practices and Research 8. Time to Love Valerie Bryson 9. All in the Family: Patriarchy, Capitalism, and Love Alyssa Schneebaum 10. Theorizing Love, Work, and Family in Early Norwegian Family Research and Today Margunn Bjørnholt 11. Moved by Love: How Love Research Can Change Our Deep-Rooted Emotional Understandings and Affective Consciousness Rosa M. Medina-Doménech, Mari Luz Esteban-Galarza, and Ana Távora-Rivero 12. Why Love, Care, and Solidarity Are Political Matters: Affectivity, Equality and Fraser’s Model of Social Justice Kathleen Lynch Part III: The Politics of Love and Radical/Revolutionary Transformation 13. Revolutionary Love: Feminism, Love, and the Transformative Politics of Freedom in the Works of Wollstonecraft, Beauvoir, and Goldman Leyna Lowe 14. Love in Translation: Neoliberal Availability or a Solidarity Practice? Eva Majewska 15. From Veiled to Unveiled: A Look at Discursive Representation of Body in Iranian Love Blogs Maryam Paknahad Jabarooty 16. Love in the Multitude? A Feminist Critique of Love as a Political Concept Eleanor Wilkinson 17. Feminist Love Politics: Romance, Care, and Solidarity Ann Ferguson 18. Bread and Roses in the Common Rosemary Hennessy
Anna G. Jónasdóttir is Professor Emerita of Gender Studies at Örebro University, Sweden.
Ann Ferguson is an emerita Professor of Philosophy and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
"Love is a collection of feminist essays which aims to contribute to the development of a new interdisciplinary academic field of ‘Love Studies’. The motivation for the book lies in the important insight that love, sex, and personal relationships remain significant areas for the exercise of gendered power, even if gender divisions in the market and public sphere come to be less pronounced. This is an issue of considerable relevance to Gender and Development (GAD) as both an area of practice and a field of scholarship." – Gender & Development