Faculty Book: Patricia Clough

Alan Frank, Patricia T. Clough, and Steven Seidman, eds.

Intimacies: A New World of Relational Life
(Routledge, 2013)

As our culture changes, many of us feel entitled to seek intimacy—social bonding with emotional depth—rather than simply security or companionship from our relationships. Unlike in a marriage-centered culture, intimacy is today pursued in varied relationships, from family to friends and to romances. And intimacies are being forged in multiple venues, from face-to-face to virtual contexts. Intimacies explores the psychological terrain of intimacy without abandoning its sociohistorical context and the centrality of power dynamics. Drawing on a rich archive that includes the social sciences, feminism, queer studies, and psychoanalysis, the contributors examine the changing cultures of intimacy; fluid and solid attachments and intimacies from hookups to sibling bonds to erotic love; and a politics of intimacy that may involve state-enforced hierarchies, class, misrecognition, social exclusion, and violence. Patricia T. Clough (Prof., Queens) serves on the doctoral faculty in sociology.

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Submitted on: OCT 22, 2013

Category: Faculty Books | Sociology