For a new sociology of social love

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Montagna, N. 2023. For a new sociology of social love. American Sociologist. 54 (2), pp. 338-348. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12108-023-09572-5
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TitleFor a new sociology of social love
AuthorsMontagna, N.
Abstract

Love is a theme at the centre of all our lives, including those of sociologists and social scientists. It has been widely addressed and described in literature and poetry, extensively depicted in the pictorial arts, sung about in music. Even philosophy, from its very beginnings, has devoted beautiful and intense pages to this theme. For reasons difficult to understand, the founding fathers of our discipline have been reluctant to enter the analytical realm of love. They touched this theme, but only marginally. It is only relatively recently that more insightful and focused discussions have come from some key figures of contemporary sociology in works by Niklas Luhmann, Anthony Giddens, Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim, Zygmunt Bauman and, more recently, Eva Illouz that demonstrate the profoundly social nature of our most intimate feelings and convey how the transformation of love and intimacy is related to wider social changes. In this sense, this collection edited by Silvia Cataldi and Gennaro Iorio aims to fill a major gap, while fuelling the debate on social love and its implications as a transformative force in an era characterised by multiple crises. By bringing together scholars from across several countries, not only it collates the fruit of years of research, but it also launches new developments in the debate on social love and set a new research agenda.

KeywordsSocial love; Care; Overabounding; Social change; Sociological thought
Middlesex University ThemeHealth & Wellbeing
LanguageEnglish
PublisherSpringer
JournalAmerican Sociologist
ISSN0003-1232
Electronic1936-4784
Publication dates
Online29 Mar 2023
PrintJun 2023
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Deposited14 Apr 2023
Accepted17 Mar 2023
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