Intimacies: A New World of Relational Life edited by Patricia Clough with Stephen Seidman and Alan Frank
Professor Patricia Clough's newest edited volume Intimacies: A New World of Relational Life has just been published by Routledge. Professor Clough edited this volume with Stephen Seidman and Alan Frank.
In the last decade or so, there has been a shift in the popular and academic discussion of our personal lives. Relationships – and not necessarily marriage – have gravitated to the center of our relational lives. Many of us feel entitled to seek intimacy, an emotionally depthful social bonding, rather than simply security or companionship from our relationships. Unlike in a marriage-centred culture, intimacy is today pursued in varied relationships, from familial to friends and to romances. And intimacies are being forged in multiple venues, from face-to-face to virtual, cyber contexts.
A new scholarship has addressed this changing terrain of personal life – there is today a vast literature on cohabitation, parenthood without marriage, sex and love outside marriage, queer families, cyber intimacies and friendships. However, much theorizing and research has focussed either on the interior, subjective or sociocultural aspects of intimacies, not their interaction.
Submitted on: OCT 9, 2013