The Purchase of Intimacy

Book Name : The Purchase of Intimacy

By by Viviana A. Zelizer

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In their personal lives, people consider it essential to separate economics and intimacy. We have, for example, a long-standing taboo against workplace romance, while we see marital love as different from prostitution because it is not a fundamentally financial exchange. In The Purchase of Intimacy, Viviana Zelizer mounts a provocative challenge to this view. Getting to the heart of one of life's greatest taboos, she shows how we all use economic activity to create, maintain, and renegotiate important ties--especially intimate ties--to other people. In everyday life, we invest intense effort and worry to strike the right balance. For example, when a wife's income equals or surpasses her husband's, how much more time should the man devote to household chores or child care? Sometimes legal disputes arise. Should the surviving partner in a same-sex relationship have received compensation for a partner's death as a result of 9/11? Through a host of compelling examples, Zelizer shows us why price is central to three key areas of intimacy: sexually tinged relations; health care by family members, friends, and professionals; and household economics. She draws both on research and materials ranging from reports on compensation to survivors of 9/11 victims to financial management Web sites and advice books for same-sex couples. From the bedroom to the courtroom, The Purchase of Intimacy opens a fascinating new window on the inner workings of the economic processes that pervade our private lives. Princeton University Press; February 2009 ISBN 9781400826759 Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format Title: The Purchase of Intimacy Author: Viviana A. Zelizer Imprint: Princeton University Press Subject categories Academic Business > Economics Family & Relationships > Family Relationships Social Science > Gender Studies Psychology & Psychiatry > Interpersonal Relations Family & Relationships > Marriage Sociology > The Family. Marriage. Women > Sex role Sociology > The Family. Marriage. Women > Sexual life Family & Relationships > Sexuality Social Sciences Social Science > Sociology ISBNs 1400826756 9780691124087 9781400826759 In The Press "The theoretical importance of this book cannot be overstated, and it cannot fail to have a lasting impact on our understanding of a variety of intimate relationships, of the circulation of money, of care, of interest, and mostly of their inextricable intertwining. . . . [T]his book is a major contribution to sociology and . . . it provides a very significant challenge to the dichotomies on which sociology rests. The tight elegance of its prose and style will make it a joy to the undergraduate student, while the scope, ambition, and originality of its argument will make it indispensable to scholars."---Eva Illouz, American Journal of Sociology About The Author Viviana A. Zelizer is Lloyd Cotsen '50 Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. Her previous books include The Social Meaning of Money and Pricing the Priceless Child (both Princeton) and Morals and Markets.

About The authore

Viviana A. Zelizer is Lloyd Cotsen '50 Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. Her previous books include The Social Meaning of Money and Pricing the Priceless Child (both Princeton) and Morals and Markets.

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Academic Business - Economics Family & Relationships - Family Relationships Social Science - Gender Studies Psychology & Psychiatry - Interpersonal Relations Family & Relationships - Marriage Sociology - The Family. Marriage. Women - Sex role Sociology - The Family. Marriage. Women - Sexual life Family & Relationships - Sexuality Social Sciences Social Science - Sociology

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1400826756 - 9780691124087 - 9781400826759

In The Press:

"The theoretical importance of this book cannot be overstated, and it cannot fail to have a lasting impact on our understanding of a variety of intimate relationships, of the circulation of money, of care, of interest, and mostly of their inextricable intertwining. . . . [T]his book is a major contribution to sociology and . . . it provides a very significant challenge to the dichotomies on which sociology rests. The tight elegance of its prose and style will make it a joy to the undergraduate student, while the scope, ambition, and originality of its argument will make it indispensable to scholars."---Eva Illouz, American Journal of Sociology

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Princeton University Press