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A psychosocial exploration of love and intimacy /
Joanne Brown.
imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
description
viii, 258 p.
ISBN
1403995028 (cloth)
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Book
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
isbn
1403995028 (cloth)
catalogue key
5912688
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-04-01:
Brown (mental health, Southampton University, UK) opens this rewrite of her dissertation by asking, "Is love possible?" Her answer(s) will interest those curious about philosophical, sociological, and psychoanalytic matters. The author devotes the first two-thirds of the book to a demanding exegesis of intellectual perspectives on the issue; the last three chapters provide data from ten ethnographic interviews. Though Brown emphasizes C. Wright Mills's Sociological Imagination (1959), her dense, strained, turgid language is reminiscent of the Parsonian abstract empiricism that Mills attacks. Brown does provide insightful reflections on the phenomenology of love, and these may be useful for those interested in sociology and psychoanalysis (especially a conjunction of the two fields). And chapter 8 offers a helpful reflection on the links between ethnography and psychoanalysis. Overall, Brown's foray into the chaotic and poetic sources of love and its role in society serves as a valuable contrast to currently fashionable quantitative and neurological reductionism. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty, and professionals. C. J. Churchill St. Thomas Aquinas College
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"Brown...provide[s] insightful reflections on the phenomenology of love...and offers a helpful reflection on the links between ethnography and psychoanalysis. Overall, Brown's foray into the chaotic and poetic sources of love and its role in society serves as a valuable contrast to currently fashionable quantatative and neurological reductionism." -- C.J. Churchill, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Choice Magazine
"Brown...provide[s] insightful reflections on the phenomenology of love...and offers a helpful reflection on the links between ethnography and psychoanalysis. Overall, Brown's foray into the chaotic and poetic sources of love and its role in society serves as a valuable contrast to currently fashionable quantatative and neurological reductionism." -- C.J. Churchill, St. Thomas Aquinas College,Choice Magazine
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Organised around a single question: 'Is love possible?', this book provides conceptualisations of love and of its possibility from sociological, philosophical and psychoanalytic viewpoints.
Description for Bookstore
Joanne Brown's book argues for the importance of psychosocial understanding of love in theoretical and empirical work, and through an empirical study of experiences of love in two generations, provides a detailed discussion of the philosophy and methods of psychosocial studies.
Main Description
Clearly organised around a single question--is love possible?--Joanne Brown's book provides conceptualizations of love and of its possibility from sociological, philosophical and psychoanalytic viewpoints. Material from biographical, narrative interviews are presented in order to look at how people from two age groups conceptualise love and view its realisation or possibility in their own lives. The book argues for the importance of a psychosocial understanding of love and provides a critical discussion of the philosophy and methods of psychosocial studies.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Demise of Romantic Love
A Psychosocial Approach to Emotional Life
Love Ideals
Modern Love: Sociological Approaches
Love as Bad Faith: Philosophical Approaches
Transference Love: A Freudian Approach
Reparative Love: A Kleinian Approach
Reflexive Love Sociological and Psychoanalytic Insights
Methods and Findings
A Psychosocial Approach to Biographical Studies and Reflexive Research
Personal Accounts of Love: Details of Method
Love and War: Eighty Something Reflections on Romance
Love and Peace: Thirty Something Reflections on Romance
Conclusion
Conclusion
References
Index
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