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Love and sex : cross-cultural perspectives

Author: Elaine Hatfield; Richard L Rapson
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, 2005.
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In this volume, noted scholars Elaine Hatfield and Richard Rapson focus on the cross-cultural research concerning the passionate beginnings of relationships: how people meet, fall in love, make love,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elaine Hatfield; Richard L Rapson
ISBN: 0761832327 9780761832324
OCLC Number: 61697564
Description: xii, 291 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The many paths to love --
Beyond narrow boundaries --
Definitions --
Passionate love and sexual desire --
Compassionate love --
Anthropological and evolutionary perspectives --
Historical perspectives --
Cross-cultural perspectives --
A view from the West --
A view from the East --
From our perspective --
The future : conclusions --
2. The romantic, sexual, and marital ideal --
What men and women desire in romantic partners, sexual partners, and mates --
Cultural universals in what is desired --
Cultural differences in what is desired --
Gender differences in what is desired --
Who decides? : from arranged marriages to marriage for love --
Arranged marriages --
Compromising on love --
Love marriages --
More love marriages on the way? --
How do arranged and love marriages work out? --
The debate --
The data --
Conclusions : from front porch to back seat --
3. Falling in love --
What is this thing called love and how can we measure it? --
Assessing passionate love --
Assessing companionate love --
Other typologies --
Culture and passionate love --
Passion : is something lost in translation? --
The susceptibility to love --
The intensity of passionate love --
Love schemas and passionate love --
Habits of the heart --
Theoretical background --
The evidence --
Conclusions : the spread of passion. 4. Sex : then and there --
Evolutionary perspectives --
General critiques --
Sociobiological critiques --
Historical perspectives --
The East : China --
The West : American and England --
Cross-cultural perspectives --
Conclusions --
5. Sex : here and now --
The meaning of sex --
The developmental sequence --
Sexual orientation --
Homosexuality --
Attitudes toward homosexuality --
Homosexual activity --
Premarital sex --
Attitudes toward premarital sex --
Premarital sexual activity --
Marital sex --
Attitudes toward marital sex --
Marital sexual activity --
Extramarital sex --
Attitudes toward extramarital sex --
Extramarital sexual activity --
Conclusions --
6. Passion, for better or worse --
The ecstasy of passionate love --
Moments of exultation --
A sense of union --
Feeling secure and safe : commitment --
Feeling understood and accepted : intimacy --
Sexual excitement --
Love and the immune system --
The agony of passionate love --
Love, fear, and anxiety --
Unrequited love --
Jealousy --
The cross-magnification process --
Love schemas and the highs and lows of love --
Love schemas and the delights of love --
Love schemas and the pains of love --
Conclusions. 7. Breaking up and starting over --
Passionate love in other cultures --
The end of the affair --
Dating relationships : breaking up --
Marriages : divorce --
Death --
Explaining breakups or divorce --
Who had control? --
"His" and "her" breakup : what were the reasons for the breakup? --
The emotional aftermath of breakups and divorce --
Guilt --
Sadness and depression --
Anger and bitterness --
Loneliness --
Falling ill --
Love schemas and reactions to loss --
Dealing with loss --
Gender differences in dealing with loss --
Cultural differences in dealing with loss --
Starting over : dating and remarriage --
Gender differences in remarriage --
How happy are second marriages? --
Conclusions --
From male supremacy to gender equality --
The pursuit of happiness and the avoidance of pain --
A belief that things can change for the better --
Coda : the demise of passionate love and marriage?
Other Titles: Love & sex
Responsibility: Elaine Hatfield, Richard L. Rapson.

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