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Author Jamieson, Lynn, 1952- author

Title Intimacy : personal relationships in modern societies / Lynn Jamieson
Published Cambridge ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, 1998
©1998

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Description ix, 209 pages ; 23 cm
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. From 'The Family' to Sex and Intimacy -- 3. Parenting and Intimacy -- 4. Are Good Friends All You Need? -- 5. Sex and Intimacy -- 6. The Couple: Intimate and Equal? -- 7. Conclusion
Summary "Are personal relationships deeper and more intimate than ever before or are they increasingly empty and structured by selfish individualism? This book pursues the question in a wide-ranging discussion of the changing nature of intimacy in modern societies. The book starts by asking whether intimacy is a basic human need. The author then discusses whether a particular type of intimacy is now being sought in all close relationships in western societies, and whether this involves a sharing or our innermost selves or if relationships are still fundamentally shaped by power and economic considerations. Through a series of individual chapters focusing on relationships between parents and children, families, sexual partners, couples and friends, Jamieson shows that many current beliefs about the nature of relationships need to be re-thought, and she argues for a more grounded, gendered and complex picture of intimacy. As well as a critical evaluation of theories of change in personal life, an impressive range of scholarship from Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand is brought to bear on the issues."--Back cover
Notes Bibliography: p181-301. _ Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-201) and index
Subject Intimacy (Psychology)
LC no. 97038761
ISBN 0745615732 (alkaline paper)
0745615740 (paperback) (alkaline paper)