Are personal relationships deeper and more intimate than ever before or are they increasingly empty and structured by selfish individualism? This exciting new book examines the question in a wide-ranging discussion of the nature of intimacy, focusing on key relationships between parents and children, families, sexual partners, couples and friends.
Lynn Jamieson is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh.
Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction. A Story of Intimacy?. The Wider Significance of Intimacy in Personal Life. Dimensions of Intimacy. Stories and Story Tellers. Conclusion. 2. From 'The Family' to Sex and Industry. . The Making of the Conventional Modern Family. Visions of the Future. 3. Parenting and Intimacy. Mothers and Fathers as Intimates. More Shared Caring Between Mothers and Fathers?. Parenting: Trends in Intimacy and Democracy?. 4. Are Good Friends All You Need? . Friends, Kin and Intimacy. Gender, Heterosexuality, Friendship and Intimacy. 5. Sex and Intimacy. . Introduction. Stories of 'Normal Sex' and Intimacy. The Realities of Sexual Lives. Stories, Practices and Social Change. 6. The Couple: Intimate and Equal? . The Heterosexual Couple: Still She the Housewife, He the Earner?. Domestic Violence and Forced Intimacy. Same-Sex Couples. Intimacy and Relationship Breakdown. 7. Conclusion. . Notes. Bibliography. Index.