9780691130637

The Purchase of Intimacy

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  • ISBN13:

    9780691130637

  • ISBN10:

    0691130639

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-03-26
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

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Summary

In their personal lives, people consider it essential to separate economics and intimacy. We have, for example, a long-standing taboo against workplace romance, while we see marital love as different from prostitution because it is not a fundamentally financial exchange. InThe Purchase of Intimacy, Viviana Zelizer mounts a provocative challenge to this view. Getting to the heart of one of life's greatest taboos, she shows how we all use economic activity to create, maintain, and renegotiate important ties--especially intimate ties--to other people. In everyday life, we invest intense effort and worry to strike the right balance. For example, when a wife's income equals or surpasses her husband's, how much more time should the man devote to household chores or child care? Sometimes legal disputes arise. Should the surviving partner in a same-sex relationship have received compensation for a partner's death as a result of 9/11? Through a host of compelling examples, Zelizer shows us why price is central to three key areas of intimacy: sexually tinged relations; health care by family members, friends, and professionals; and household economics. She draws both on research and materials ranging from reports on compensation to survivors of 9/11 victims to financial management Web sites and advice books for same-sex couples. From the bedroom to the courtroom,The Purchase of Intimacyopens a fascinating new window on the inner workings of the economic processes that pervade our private lives.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologuep. 1
Encounters of Intimacy and Economyp. 7
Intimacy in Lawp. 47
Couplingp. 94
Caring Relationsp. 158
Household Commercep. 209
Intimate Revelationsp. 287
Referencesp. 309
Indexp. 347
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