The Tyranny of Intimacy

Eva Illouz

in Saving the Modern Soul

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520224469
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941311 | DOI:
The Tyranny of Intimacy

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This chapter argues that under the influence of the new models offered by feminism and psychology, marriage called on women to become autonomous and assertive and on men to become emotionally reflexive and talkative. It address questions concerning the ways in which two seemingly and overtly competing discourses of feminism and of therapy interact with and shape one another and the plurality of social spheres. It shows that the analysis of cultural material in reference to its ability to deliver a predefined political message obfuscates the many complicated ways in which politics gets diluted in culture and, conversely, the ways in which cultural schemas and models inform political ideas and action.

Keywords: marriage; feminism; psychology; therapy; social spheres; cultural material; politics; cultural schemas; political ideas; political action

Chapter.  17685 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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