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Romantic Passion : A Universal Experience? - William Jankowiak

Romantic Passion

A Universal Experience?

By: William Jankowiak (Editor)

Paperback Published: 13th February 1997
ISBN: 9780231096874
Number Of Pages: 310
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Observers from the West, the book contends, have incorrectly projected rigid ethnocentric notions of love and marriage onto cultures around the world. Contributors look beyond each society's "official" institutions to explore expressions of love. They find, for instance, that arranged marriages and polygamy do not necessarily indicate a lack of romantic passion but rather that people in such cultures may expect to look elsewhere for love. Contributors also look at the other side of the equation: rejection and grief.

What these often wonderfully evocative field reports demonstrate is that, while the capacity for some kind of passionate attraction to another may very well be a human universal, that capacity is shaped and molded into a myriad of forms by different cultures. A very valuable and timely contribution. Highly recommended. Choice

Introductionp. 1
The Nature and Evolution of Romantic Lovep. 23
Love's Contingencies: The Development Socioecology of Romantic Passionp. 42
Love as an Experience of Transcendencep. 57
Boundaries of Lovep. 72
Rethinking Heterosexual Relationships in Polynesia: A Case Study of Mangaia, Cook Islandp. 95
Love, Lust and Found in Nigeriap. 128
The Madness of Excess: Love Among the Fulbe of North Camerounp. 141
Notions of Love and Romance Among the Taita of Kenyap. 152
Romantic Passion in the People's Republic of Chinap. 166
Passion as Politics: Romantic Love in an Australian Aboriginal Communityp. 187
A Good Spouse is Hard to Find: Marriage, Spouse Exchange, and Infatuation Among the Copper Inuitp. 196
Possessed by Love: Gender and Romance in Moroccop. 219
Language of Love in Northeast Brazilp. 239
Putting Romance Into Systems of Sexuality: Changing Smart Rules in a Trinidadian Villagep. 262
The Balance of Duty and Desire in an American Polygamous Communityp. 277
Contributorsp. 297
Indexp. 300
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ISBN: 9780231096874
ISBN-10: 0231096879
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 13th February 1997
Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.94 x 15.27  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43