Cold Intimacies The Making of Emotional Capitalism

ISBN-10: 0745639054
ISBN-13: 9780745639055
Edition: 2007
Authors: Eva Illouz
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 1/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

It is commonly assumed that capitalism has created an a-emotional world dominated by bureaucratic rationality; that economic behavior conflicts with intimate, authentic relationships; that the public and private spheres are irremediably opposed to each other; and that true love is opposed to calculation and self-interest. Eva Illouz rejects these conventional ideas and argues that the culture of capitalism has fostered an intensely emotional culture - in the workplace, in the family, and in our own relationship to ourselves. She argues that economic relations have become deeply emotional, while close, intimate relationships have become increasingly defined by economic and political models of bargaining, exchange, and equity. This dual process by which emotional and economic relationships come to define and shape each other is called ldquo;emotional capitalism.rdquo; Illouz finds evidence of this process of emotional capitalism in various social sites: self-help literature, women's magazines, talk shows, support groups, and the Internet dating sites. How did this happen? What are the social consequences of the current preoccupation with emotions? How did the public sphere become saturated with the exposure of private life? Why does suffering occupy a central place in contemporary identity? How has emotional capitalism transformed our romantic choices and experiences? Building on and revising the intellectual legacy of critical theory, this book addresses these questions and offers a new interpretation of the reasons why the public and the private, the economic and the emotional spheres have become inextricably intertwined.

Acknowledgments
The Rise of Homo Sentimentalis
Freud and the Clark lectures
A new emotional style
The communicative ethic as the spirit of the corporation
The roses and thorns of the modern family
Conclusion
Suffering, Emotional Fields, and Emotional Capital
Introduction
The self-realization narrative
Emotional fields, emotional habitus
The pragmatics of psychology
Conclusion
Romantic Webs
Romancing the Internet
Virtual meetings
Ontological self-presentation
Fantasy and disappointment
Conclusion: A new Machiavellian move
Notes
Index

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