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Changing Relations Achieving Intimacy in a Time of Social Transition

ISBN-10: 0521842042

ISBN-13: 9780521842044

Edition: 2009

Authors: Robin Goodwin

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In a fast-changing world, what impact does social change have on our everyday relationships? How do modernisation processes influence our broader values, and how might these then affect our desires to marry, have a family and develop our social networks? And how do sudden events in a society - invasions, civil conflict, terrorist attacks, collapse of a political system - influence our relationship decisions and processes? In this book Goodwin critically reviews the literature on modernisation and contemporary relationships, challenging simplistic conclusions about the 'end of intimacy' and the inevitable decline of personal commitment. Reviewing work from across the globe, he also contends that adaptation to rapid change is moderated by individual, social class and cultural variations, with consequently differing impacts on everyday relations. In doing so he brings together contemporary debates in psychology, sociology and the political sciences on coping with social change and its impact on personal relations.
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Book details

List price: $96.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/8/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 246
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Foreword
Acknowledgements
The Nature of Social Change
Introduction
Defining and Measuring Social Change
Theories of Change
Development and Evolution
Cyclical Change and the Functionalist Perspective
Ideas and the Social Psychological Approach
Stress and Resistance to Change
A Framework
Rapid, Direct Change
Indirect, Gradual Change
Mediating and Moderating Variables
Directionality and Social Change
Summary
The Myth of Modernisation?
Individualisation
Globalisation
Critiques of Modernisation and Related Theories
Summary
More Beautiful than a Monkey: The Achievement of Intimacy
The Formation of Intimacy in a Modern World
Choosing a Partner: Evidence from across the Globe
Becoming Attached or Staying Single
Social Networks, Dating, and the Internet "Revolution"
Summary
Friends and Social Networks
Patterns of Friendship over Time
Friendship during Times of Rapid Change
Social Capital
Changing Social Capital in Communist Societies Trust
Changing Social Capital? A Critique
Social Support and Social Change
Migrants, Social Capital, and Social Support
Support Following Terrorist Attacks
Summary
Sex and the Modern City
Homosexuality
Contraception and Abortion
Sexual Disease
Summary
Marriage and the Family
The Family and Marriage
Debating the Changes
Historical Interpretations
Marital Sentiment over Time
Gender Roles and the Role of Fathers
The Role of Fathers
Gender Roles and Fertility Rates
The Rise of Cohabitation
Technology and the Family
Rapid Change: Some Examples
Eastern Europe
Asia
The Middle East
War and Migration
Resilience
Patterns of Adaptation
Simply Adapting?
Summary
Modelling Social Change and Relationships
On Changing and Nonchanging Relationships
Looking Forward
References
Index