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Love
A Question for Feminism in the Twenty-First Century





ISBN 9781138952294
Published October 12, 2015 by Routledge
306 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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Editor(s)

Biography

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.

Reviews

"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