Donald Black

in Moral Time

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199737147
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944002 | DOI:

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Reducing contact with someone else is underinvolvement, and reducing the openness of one's own life to someone else is underexposure. Underinvolvement might be anything from a failure to converse to a divorce or declaration of independence. It might be a failure to honor a contract, return a favor, reciprocate a gift, or merely express gratitude. All such actions have the same effect: Conflict is a direct function of underinvolvement. Adultery is sexual intercourse by a married person with someone other than a spouse. Because of the zero-sum nature of intimacy, adultery reduces closeness to a spouse at the same time as it increases closeness with someone else and it is one of the surest causes of conflict in the social universe.

Keywords: underinvolvement; underexposure; divorce; independence; gratitude; conflict; adultery; intimacy

Chapter.  5435 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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