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Rethinking Romantic Love

Discussions, Imaginaries and Practices

Editor(s): Begonya Enguix, Jordi Roca

Book Description

This volume is the result of a thorough exploration of contemporary conceptions of romantic love from different points of view. Beginning with an initial text where the meanings of romantic love are discussed theoretically and historically, the contributions gathered here present current discussions about love in the present day and in different geographical contexts that range from Hungary to Italy or Spain.

The first part of the book is devoted to the analysis of mobilities for the sake of love as a result of globalization. These mobilities are analysed in relation to love ideals, to gender equality and to online searches for the ideal partners. The second part of the book deals with the exploration of different imaginaries of love in particular geographical contexts. The topics dealt with here include love as sickness, love and violence, love ideals for men engaged in gender equality and love ideals for those who engage in cross-dressing practices. In the third part, writing about and for love is addressed. Love writings to the beloved dead, teenage girls’ blogs and bestsellers such as Fifty Shades of Grey are discussed in particular detail.

This book addresses current conceptions of romantic love in different social groups through different practices and in different countries, and shows that, despite the variability of discourses, experiences and practices related to love, a number of ideas of what love should be like – related to the Western ideals of romantic love – persist in all these contexts. The contributions to this volume are derived from extensive fieldwork and ethnographic research, and will be of undoubted interest for the academic milieu. However, given the topic it deals with, the book will also appeal to the general public, who will find in these pages many ‘love stories’ derived from the detailed study of the society which we inhabit and the ideals of love that we breathe.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-7645-2
ISBN-10: 1-4438-7645-3
Date of Publication: 01/06/2015
Pages / Size: 301 / A5
Price: £52.99


Begonya Enguix is an Associate Professor at the Arts and Humanities Department of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. She has published several books, articles and book chapters on the anthropology of bodies, genders, sexualities and identities and their intersections with urban and media anthropology. She is a member of Research Groups on Social Anthropology, Digital Culture and Anthropology of the Body and has taken part in numerous research projects.

Jordi Roca is a Professor at the Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Work Department of Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain. He mainly focuses on qualitative methodology, biographical memory and gender and love. He has served as the Principal Investigator of three projects on love migrations and bi-national couples, and has conducted fieldwork in Brazil, Mexico and Ukraine. He has published several books, book chapters and articles on these subjects.