Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation
June 2012, Polity
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- A new book by the award-winnning sociologist Eva Illouz on modern love.
- Sets out to explain why love is such a painful experience for many people - why we invest so much in the search for love and why it so often disappoints us.
- She gives a persuasive answer to this question by showing how love, and the hopes, expectations and desires associated with it, are shaped by broader social relations, institutions and forms of power.
- This is a brilliant, original and beautifully written book aimed at and accessible to a general reader. It will also be of great interest to students and scholars in sociology, gender studies and the social sciences and humanities generally.