International Handbook of Love

Transcultural and Transdisciplinary Perspectives

Editors: Mayer, Claude-Helene, Vanderheiden, Elisabeth (Eds.)

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  • Provides new interdisciplinary and intercultural insights on love across the world
  • Deals with different forms and concepts of love
  • Explores love in the context of new technologies
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This handbook includes state-of-the-art research on love in classical, modern and postmodern perspectives. It expands on previous literature and explores topics around love from new cultural, intercultural and transcultural approaches and across disciplines. It provides insights into various love concepts, like romantic love, agape, and eros in their cultural embeddedness, and their changes and developments in specific cultural contexts. It also includes discussions on postmodern aspects with  regard to love and love relationships, such as digitalisation, globalisation and the fourth industrial revolution. The handbook covers a vast range of topics in relation to love: aging, health, special needs, sexual preferences, spiritual practice, subcultures, family and other relationships, and so on. The chapters look at love not only in terms of the universal concept and in private, intimate relationships, but apply a broad concept of love which can also, for example, be referred to in postmodern workplaces. This volume is of interest to a wide readership, including researchers, practitioners and students of the social sciences, humanities and behavioural sciences.

In the 1970s through the 90s, I was told that globalization was homogenizing cultures into a worldwide monoculture. This volume, as risky and profound as the many adventures of love across our multiplying cultures are, proves otherwise. The authors’ revolutionary and courageous work will challenge our sensibilities and expand the boundaries of what we understand what love is. But that’s what love does: It communicates what is; offers what can be; and pleads for what must be. I know you’ll enjoy this wonderful book as much as I do!

Jeffrey Ady, Associate Professor (retired), Public Administration Program, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Founding Fellow, International Academy for Intercultural Research

The International Handbook of Love is far more than a traditional compendium. It is a breath-taking attempt to synthesize our anthropological and sociological knowledge on love. It illuminates topics as diverse as Chinese love, one-night stands, teen romance or love of leaders and many more. This is a definitive reference in the field of love studies.

Eva Illouz, author of Th e End of Love: A sociology of Negative relationships. Oxford University Press.

About the authors

Claude-Hélène Mayer is a Full Professor in Industrial Psychology at the University of Johannesburg, in Johannesburg, South Africa, an Adjunct Professor at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt, Germany and Senior Research Associate at Rhodes University,Grahamstown, South Africa. Her research areas are women in leadership, mental health and salutogenesis in cultural contexts, transcultural conflict management and mediation, shame and psychobiography. She uses positive psychology, system psychodynamic and cultural theory perspectives.

Elisabeth Vanderheiden is a pedagogue, theologian, intercultural mediator. She is the CEO of the Global Institute for Transcultural Research and the President of Catholic Adult Education in Germany. Her publishing activities focus on pedagogy, in particular on the further education of teachers and trainers in adult education, vocational and civic education, but also on the challenges of digitalisation. She has also edited books on intercultural and transnational issues. Her most recent publications deal with shame as a resource as well as with mistakes, errors and failures and their hidden potentials in the context of Culture and Positive Psychology 1.0 and 2.0. Current research projects deal with love in transcultural contexts, with life crises as well as humour in the context of Positive Psychology 2.0. Another focus of her work is Design Thinking in transcultural contexts.

Table of contents (60 chapters)

Table of contents (60 chapters)
  • Voicing the Stories of Love Across Cultures: An Introduction

    Pages 3-21

    Mayer, Claude-Hélène (et al.)

  • The State of Ethnological Research on Love: A Critical Review

    Pages 23-39

    Jankowiak, William (et al.)

  • Love’s Ethnographic Record: Beyond the Love/Arranged Marriage Dichotomy and Other False Essentialisms

    Pages 41-57

    Nelson, Alex J. (et al.)

  • Cultural Diversity of Romantic Love Experience

    Pages 59-79

    Karandashev, Victor

  • Cyberspace: The Alternative Romantic Culture

    Pages 83-99

    Ben-Ze’ev, Aaron

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eBook $269.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
International Handbook of Love
Book Subtitle
Transcultural and Transdisciplinary Perspectives
Editors
  • Claude-Helene Mayer
  • Elisabeth Vanderheiden
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-45996-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-45996-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-45995-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 1147
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations, 75 illustrations in colour
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