Talk of Love: How Culture Matters

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University of Chicago Press, 2001 - Family & Relationships - 300 pages
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Talk of love surrounds us, and romance is a constant concern of popular culture. Ann Swidler's Talk of Love is an attempt to discover how people find and sustain real love in the midst of that talk, and how that culture of love shapes their expectations and behavior in the process. To this end, Swidler conducted extensive interviews with Middle Americans and wound up offering us something more than an insightful exploration of love: Talk of Love is also a compelling study of how much culture affects even the most personal of our everyday experiences.
 

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Contents

Introduction
FINDING CULTURE
7
REPERTOIRES
20
EXAMINED AND UNEXAMINED LIVES
39
CULTURED CAPACITIES AND STRATEGIES OF ACTION
67
SETTLED AND UNSETTLED LIVES
85
LOVE AND MARRIAGE
107
TIES THAT DO NOT BIND
131
CODES CONTEXTS AND INSTITUTIONS
156
TOWARD BETTER QUESTIONS
177
METHODOLOGICAL APPENDIX
211
NOTES
233
BIBLIOGRAPHY
261
INDEX
287
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About the author (2001)

Ann Swidler is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Organization without Authority and coauthor of Habits of the Heart, The Good Society, and Inequality by Design.

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