Modern Couples?: Continuity and Change in Heterosexual by Jenny van Hooff

By Jenny van Hooff

Have heterosexual relationships turn into extra intimate and equivalent over the last 40 years? easily positioned, this is often the principal query underpinning this booklet. in the context of overdue smooth social methods, together with so much significantly individualization and detraditionalization, authors comparable to Giddens, Beck and Beck-Gernsheim, and Bauman have come to target a posited transformation of non-public relationships. This has culminated in a sociological debate over the character of up to date relationships, with proponents of swap celebrating the emergence of an intimacy in accordance with own delight instead of conventional duties. Detractors reject this interpretation and as a substitute lament what they think about to be the destruction of dedication and the demoralisation of non-public relationships through the increase of individualism and consumerism. whereas those entrenched positions have ruled the talk, a 3rd, marginalised point of view has emerged, which questions the level to which modern relationships became detraditionalized, and emphasises facts of constant gender inequalities. This e-book is basically a qualitative empirical research of the alterations and continuities posited in the debate, which evaluates latest paintings and info the findings of van Hooff's examine into the relationships of 2 generations of hetero undefined. It offers the reader with a grounded interpretation of the facts, wondering to what quantity lived fact has matched the rhetoric inside of modern relationships.

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