Cold Intimacies The Making of Emotional Capitalism
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Description: 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.
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Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 1/16/2007
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
|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|
|Suffering, Emotional Fields, and Emotional Capital|
|The self-realization narrative|
|Emotional fields, emotional habitus|
|The pragmatics of psychology|
|Romancing the Internet|
|Fantasy and disappointment|
|Conclusion: A new Machiavellian move|