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The Transformation of Intimacy: Sexuality, Love, and Eroticism in Modern Societies

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The sexual revolution: an evocative term, but what meaning can be given to it today? How does “sexuality” come into being, and what connections does it have with the changes that have affected personal life more generally? In answering these questions, the author disputes many of the dominant interpretations of the role of sexuality in modern culture.

The author suggests th
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Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by Stanford University Press (first published 1992)
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Amanda
Oct 14, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok
I know this is kind of a classic and there are definitely some interesting concepts in this book, but overall, I really disliked it.

The writing style was very unclear. Giddens uses long-winded examples to stress the points he makes in the book. However, he usually gives these examples prior to explaining the concept, so I frequently found myself reading a description of a book or an anecdote for pages with no idea where it was going or why I was reading it.

Additionally, Giddens relies heavily o
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Paz
Jan 31, 2013 Paz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ehm. Sorry Antonio: mejor el título que el contenido.
Renato M.
Mar 20, 2012 Renato M. rated it it was amazing
Anthony Giddens, LA TRASFORMAZIONE DELL'INTIMITA'. Sessualità, amore ed erotismo nelle società moderne (il Mulino. p.216):

"Troppo spesso i sogni di amore romantico hanno spinto le donne alla sottomissione domestica. L'amore convergente presuppone la parità nei conti del dare e dell'avere affettivo, tanto più quanto il rapporto amoroso si avvicina al modello della relazione pura.L'amore cresce soltanto nella misura in cui aumenta il grado di intimità e ciascuno dei partner appare disponibile non
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Monic
Jul 07, 2007 Monic rated it it was amazing

Perubahan kondisi sosial merupakan basis dari semua
bentuk relasi personal. Peradaban manusia ke arah modernitas berlahan mengubah sistem sosial, instusi-instusi sosial dan nilai-nilai sosial, serta berdampak pada perubahan relasi intim manusia. Giddens secara spesifik melihat bagaimana
keintiman berjalan seiring dengan perubahan sosial. Terlebih-lebih kesetaraan gender yang mendapatkan ruang dalam realitas kehidupan sosial. Tanpa disadari,perkembangan keseharian semacam ini melahirkan sebuah revo
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Beth
Dec 30, 2015 Beth rated it liked it
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For being a book that "will appeal to a large general audience" this didn't match my expectations. The writing style was very dry, long-winded and disjointed. With the exceptions of say, Foucault and Freud, most of the references were unfamiliar to me. The two chapters that captured my attention were "The Sociological Meaning of Codependence" and "Contradictions of the Pure Relationship". The rest was just so-so.
Sophia
Nov 04, 2014 Sophia rated it really liked it
The Transformation of Intimacy provides a comprehensive account of modern relationship dynamics. Giddens thought provoking offerings are always well justified. However his organization of the chapters, and content, isn't immediately evident.
Atila Demirkasımoğlu
Nov 04, 2007 Atila Demirkasımoğlu rated it it was amazing
Çok değerli bir yayın. Mahremiyetin nasıl ve neden dönüştüğünü ve gelecekte bu anlamda bizi nelerin beklediğini düşünmeye iten ve çıkarım verileri sunan bir kitap. Türkçe çevirisi fena değil.
Gretchen Hoffman
Aug 02, 2009 Gretchen Hoffman marked it as to-read
On haitus until graduation and I expand my academic endeavors to include nude picnics and musings on sensual foods. Sigh. . .
Lauren
Oct 14, 2010 Lauren added it
Text book for human sexuality, read the whole thing and thought it was very interesting. Did not agree with everything.
Nicole
Jul 20, 2012 Nicole rated it it was ok
too many generalisations for my taste
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Anthony Giddens, Baron Giddens (born 18 January 1938) is a British sociologist who is renowned for his theory of structuration and his holistic view of modern societies. He is considered to be one of the most prominent modern contributors in the field of sociology, the author of at least 34 books, published in at least 29 languages, issuing on average more than one book every year. In 2007, Gidden ...more
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