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these are all of the answers discussed in class for section 5 group workshop 3
Social transformation of love and relationships
Dr. Mehdi Haghshenas
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sociology of love, Ann Swindler, E. Fromm
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Date Created: 03/20/16
Justin Roberson jlr5384 Group 5 Group 5: Review Ann Swidler’ article: Love and Adulthood in America and examine the following questions: What is love according to Ann Swidler? Is it socially constructed? Love has had many different meanings throughout history as its purpose has changed. Swindler argues that her perception of the current form of love is the process of realizing one’s own identity and growing through relationships with others. The reason love has been able to have an observable change in its purpose throughout history is because love is a social construct altering its definition to fit the desires of the time. Society has many methods in which love can be constructed and adapted but in modern times capitalist inspired stories created stories through Hollywood and the business sector’s influence on home life are the biggest factors that define love. Is her definition similar to E. Fromm’s? examine the similarities/differences In many ways E. Fromm’s view is not that different from Swindlers, although Fromm focuses on different aspects of loves functions within social constructs. Fromm and Swindler both believe that people have been trained to view work and relationships as a psychological trap. Commitment to a career where one is content, or commitment to a single person one can never view leaving, are considered to be a death sentence to the human psyche. Fromm and Swindler also share a common view on how sex and desire was once considered to be a marketable benefit of commitment. Swindler shows this in her analysis of how sexual restraint was seen as a way Justin Roberson jlr5384 Group 5 to prove ones virtue and ability to hold strong in his commitment to himself before he commits to his partner. Fromm exemplifies sexual acts as a means of bargaining between sexes to obtain desired actions out of a partner. Above all else, Fromm and Swindler share a connection in their view of love and its definition in their agreed perception that the current social construct is one where people are separated from both, each other and society as a whole resulting from the fear of finding an identity outside of the terms of commitment. What are the central elements of the love myth? Analyzing the current societal construct of love Swindler refers back to what she calls the love myth. This myth claims that the search for love is also the search for one’s self, rebelling against one’s family and culture for love is not only a struggle about finding “the one” but also how one defines one’s self, restraining one’s sexual desires for “the one” creates integrity in one’s identity and in the relationship, and that the union of marriage is not only a defining moment for how one’s individual identity is solidified but also how one’s identity connects to the current social construct. Please discuss the four major tensions regarding love and adulthood within American Culture. Swindler finishes her article about the current transformation of love and its meaning in the current social construct by listing off four paradoxes created in the transformation from the Victorian era. The first of these is referred to Justin Roberson jlr5384 Group 5 as Choice v. Commitment. Deciding on one person to spend eternity with is no longer seen as noble. Now the decision is daunting and viewed as a limitation rather than benefiting for an individual. This has led to the desire to be able to leave any relationship so long as the person would benefit more in growth by leaving the relationship than by staying. Swindles second tension is Rebellion v. Attachment. Rebelling from society used to mean finding a partner to discover one’s identity through a new union and the way one contributed to society, but now society has imposed the need for constant change and therefore a never ending rebellion. The third tension is Self-Realization v. Self-Sacrifice. Deriving its origin from the interpretation that the way a person sacrifices themselves for their significant other and family also helps a person understand how to define themselves, this tension comes from the belief that a person must already have a sense of who they are before they can adequately sacrifice themselves in a relationship to another person. Now a person must be able to stand alone as an identity before a person sacrifices themselves for another. In this sacrifice they complete the last part to their identities where in their partner’s death they would still remain whole. Libidinal Expression v. Sexual Restraint is the last tension. Sexual restraint used to symbolize honor and integrity and prove that love was beyond the body between two people, but now to hinder someone’s sexual expressions and freedom to desire hinders their own growth and is seen as undesirable. This does not imply cheating but rather a Justin Roberson jlr5384 Group 5 lack of jealousy and an understanding that what one feels for their partner is more than a sexual desire.


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