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Distant Love Hardcover – 22 Nov 2013
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"Rich and wide–ranging... will rightly provoke further theorizing and extend the nature of research conducted in the future."
′′Distant Love is a rich and provocative book, and continues the unique contributions made by its authors to the analysis of globalisation and the culture of late modernity. There are some very big ideas here, and the huge themes and issues are brought on from the wings to take a bow – this is from beginning to end an invitation to open up research into the plethora of issues and areas it brings into the light.′′
Les Gofton, Times Higher Education Supplement
′′The intimate and personal dimensions of globalization have not received as much attention as finance, environment, and conflict. They are also important, however, and exert a shaping influence on both individual lives and sociocultural change. It is a pleasure to see full–length attention from Beck and Beck–Gernsheim who bring both sociological insight and personal sensitivity to this timely account of Love at a Distance.′′
Craig Calhoun, Director, London School of Economics and Political Science
′′Just as there are global firms, so there are global families, the authors observe. A German man marries a Chinese woman. An American couple adopts a Guatemalan baby. A Korean farmer takes a Filipina mail order bride. A child is born of a Spanish ovum, a Danish sperm and an Indian womb. Do such families bring home conflicts between East and West, rich and poor nations, or are they pioneers in cosmopolitanism? In this wide–ranging book and original book, the authors explore a key truth Ð increasingly unfolding in our own living rooms.′′
Arlie Russell Hochschild, University of California at Berkely and author of The Outsourced Self and So How s the Family? and other essays
′′This path–breaking overview of distant love traces the ways globalization is embodied and interiorized within the domains of personal affect and desire. Beck and Beck– Gernsheim demonstrate that contemporary marriage, family, kinship and reproduction are not contained by national systems of law, state borders, or inequalities of wealth, power, gender, and racialization.′′
Nina Glick Schiller, University of Manchester
About the Author
Ulrich Beck is one of the world′s leading sociologists and social thinkers, well–known for his bestselling book Risk Society. He is Emeritus Professor at the University of Munich and Professor of Sociology at the LSE.
Elisabeth Beck–Gernsheim is Visiting Professor at the University of Trondheim. Her previous books include The Normal Chaos of Love (co–authored with Ulrich Beck).
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It looks at the phenomenon from a number of angles- the economic, the social and emotional- and is a great, studied 'snapshot' of our current times, ladened as they are with economic pressures and cultural expectations more often than not imposed on us by a ubiquitous media. A good book well worth a look.
And lo, within a few days of the book arriving, the situation had resolved itself. There is to be a wedding and the happy couple will come to live in England. And I hadn't even finished the book.
There is much here to stimulate reflection and this will no doubt open up this field of study. How much of the division in the world is caused by the stress of conducting relationships at distance and how can this be minimised?
One paragraph should be in front of all monotheistic faith leaders - "The juxtaposition of the world's religions and their interaction produce a multi-monotheistic entanglement in which the one and only God of other religions, the universalist aspirations of the different faiths, are brought into direct contact with one another. The potential for conflict and perhaps even violence is self-evident." And should be assumed and mitigated against.
If this is the kind of thing youre interested in, you cant do much better than take a look at this!
Very highly recommended!!!
The book collates different perspectives concerning the modern concept of world families, and is empirically evident for all if we attend to this idea. There is little new in this book that any intelligent person is unable to grasp from the media.
The concept of family has become a rather amorphous and nebulous concept, but this book does assimilate previous held theories against new and exciting developments in sociological thinking.
The authors highlight the extent to how globalisation and the Internet have made interesting comparisons of close and distant love, and the repercussions for either maintaining love at a distance, or the potential for its demise.
I particularly appreciated the many examples and case studies of multi cultural relationships that are maintained at distance, which brings the discourse together, and made easy sense of the text.
In terms of referencing, there is too much from previous books from the authors which I find unsettling, which doesn’t say much about peer review, hence a 3 star rating.
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