October 7, 2013

What They’re Reading: Allison Yates

Book recommendations from experts in the fields of sexuality, gender, health, science and relationships

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Eva Illouz’s Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation is a crafty piece that offers readers a compelling perspective on how the transformation of love and its social meanings give way to distress, angst, and uncertainty in today’s world. Through the analysis of literature, relationship-advice books, blogs, quintessential chick-flicks, and internet dating websites, Illouz demonstrates the challenges that arise when society puts modern values on old traditions and institutions.

The book takes influences from psychoanalysis, sociology, and modernity studies to give readers an interdisciplinary approach to love and relationship. It sheds light on the question that society can’t seem to answer: why does love hurt? Readers will enjoy her captivating and entertaining take on modern love and its complexities.