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Romantic passion : a universal experience?

Author: William R Jankowiak
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©1995.
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Romantic Passion: A Universal Experience? shakes the Eurocentric foundations of our ideas about love in the far-flung corners of the world, showing that we've been looking for love in all the wrong places. Social observers from the West, the authors contend, have projected their own rigid ethnocentric notions of love and marriage onto cultures to which such a formula simply doesn't apply. The contributors find
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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William R Jankowiak
ISBN: 0231096860 9780231096867
OCLC Number: 32133591
Description: 310 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The nature and evolution of romantic love / Helen Fisher --
Love's contingencies : the development socioecology of romantic passion / James S. Chisholm --
Love as an experience of transcendence / Charles Lindholm --
Boundaries of love / Jan Collins and Thomas Gregor --
Rethinking heterosexual relationships in Polynesia : a case study of Mangaia, Cook Island / Helen Harris --
Love, lust and found in Nigeria / Leonard Plotnicov --
The madness of excess : love among the Fulbe of North Cameroun / Helen A. Regis --
Notions of love and romance among the Taita of Kenya / Jim Bell --
Romantic passion in the People's Republic of China / William Jankowiak --
Passion as politics : romantic love in an Australian Aboriginal community / Victoria Katherine Burbank --
A good spouse is hard to find : marriage, spouse exchange, and infatuation among the Copper Inuit / Pamela R. Stern and Richard G. Condon --
Possessed by love : gender and romance in Morocco / Douglas A. Davis and Susan Schaefer Davis --
Language of love in Northeast Brazil / L.A. Rebhun --
Putting romance into systems of sexuality : changing smart rules in a Trinidadian village / Kevin K. Birth and Morris Freilich --
The balance of duty and desire in an American polygamous community / William Jankowiak and Emilie Allen.
Responsibility: William Jankowiak, editor.

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"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 Read more...

 
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