Inappropriate Relationships: The Unconventional, the Disapproved & the Forbidden

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Robin Goodwin, Duncan Cramer
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2002 - Psychology - 281 pages
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In one of the great euphemisms of our time, an embattled President Clinton admitted to an "inappropriate relationship" with his White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. But what exactly is an "inappropriate relationship?" For that matter, what is an "appropriate relationship?" And how can an understanding of the rules of "appropriateness" help us understand personal relationships in our modern world?

Contributors to this book discuss the personal boundaries and taboos of modern relationships. Together they examine the power struggles that can occur when individuals are involved in "inappropriate" relationships, and the ways individuals in such a relationship may attempt to buffer themselves against sanctions--or even embrace this relationship as an agent of social change.

Representing work from a range of disciplines, this collection will appeal to scholars, researchers, students, and professionals working on relationships issues in areas across the social sciences, including those working in the fields of social psychology, family studies, social anthropology, cultural studies, and communication.

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About the author (2002)

Robin Goodwin is professor of social psychology at Brunel University, West London. A winner of the New Faculty (Steve Duck) Prize by the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships, he is associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, associate editor at the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and past chair of the publications committee for the International Network on Personal Relationships.

Duncan Cramer has been a Reader in Psychological Health in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University since 1996. He has authored or co-authored various texts on statistics including An Introduction to Statistics in Psychology (2000) and Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS Release 10 for Windows (2001).

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