The Mating Game

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"Lamont’s analysis of these stories reminds us that there are possibilities beyond what society currently offers us. I ultimately came away from this book feeling inspired and empowered to turn such possibilities into reality."



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"Through her incisive analysis of compelling interviews, Ellen Lamont shows how and why contemporary middle-class dating practices unwittingly undermine the efforts of new generations to build egalitarian partnerships. This original account demonstrates just how integral symbolic courtship rituals are to understanding why gender inequality persists and how it can be dismantled. The Mating Game not only breaks new ground in the study of romantic relationships but also adds an important new voice to debates about the nature, extent, and consequences of the gender revolution."—Kathleen Gerson, author of The Unfinished Revolution: Coming of Age in a New Era of Gender, Work, and Family

"Ellen Lamont paints a sobering portrait of conventional coupling that contrasts with the dazzling display of creativity from the queer folk among us. Make no mistake: The goal of intimate equality is here, if we want it; and it is queer, if we’ll have it."—Lisa Wade, author of American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus

"This book is a must-read for those trying to understand the new rules for modern romance. It sheds a bright light on how today’s dating and mating game differs from courtship in the past—and the surprising ways it remains stubbornly resistant to change."—Sharon Sassler, coauthor of Cohabitation Nation: Gender, Class, and the Remaking of Relationships 

"Most Americans now want egalitarian marriages, but heterosexuals still conduct their dating and courting along gender-stereotyped lines that, as Lamont shows, undermine the collaborative interdependence that now predicts the most satisfying long-term relationships. Whatever your sexual orientation, read this book before your next date."—Stephanie Coontz, author of A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s



Zusammenfassung

Despite enormous changes in patterns of dating and courtship in twenty-first-century America, contemporary understandings of romance and intimacy remain firmly rooted in age-old assumptions of gender difference. These tenacious beliefs now vie with cultural messages of gender equality that stress independence, self-development, and egalitarian practices in public and private life.

Through interviews with heterosexual and LGBTQ individuals, Ellen Lamont’s The Mating Game explores how people with diverse sexualities and gender identities date, form romantic relationships, and make decisions about future commitments as they negotiate uncertain terrain fraught with competing messages about gender, sexuality, and intimacy.



Inhalt
Acknowledgments

1. The Puzzling Persistence of Gendered Dating

2. The Quest for Egalitarian Love

3. New Goals, Old Scripts: Heterosexual Women Caught
between Tradition and Equality

4. A Few Good (Heterosexual) Men: Inequality Disguised
as Romance

5. Queering Courtship: LGBQ People Reimagine
Relationships

6. The More Things Change . . .

7. Dated Dating and the Stalled Gender Revolution

Appendix 1: Summary of Interview Respondents
Appendix 2: Interview Guide

Notes
References
Index

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Produktinformationen

Titel
The Mating Game
Untertitel
How Gender Still Shapes How We Date
Autor
EAN
9780520298699
ISBN
978-0-520-29869-9
Format
Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber
University Presses
Genre
Soziologie
Anzahl Seiten
248
Gewicht
363g
Größe
H229mm x B152mm x T20mm
Jahr
2020
Untertitel
Englisch
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