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Why Love Hurts

A Sociological Explanation

By Eva Illouz
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Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation by Eva Illouz

Why Love Hurts (2012) is about the history of love, romance and relationships. These blinks detail the gender differences, cultural expectations and social structures that shape our conception of love and make it one of the more difficult emotions to experience.

  • Men who are fed up with being called unemotional
  • Women who are tired of being considered clingy
  • Singles who struggle to maintain relationships

Eva Illouz is a professor of sociology and anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She researches the history of emotions and capitalism’s impact on our private lives. Her recent titles include Cold Intimacies: The Making of Emotional Capitalism and Saving the Modern Soul. Therapy, Emotions, and the Culture of Self-Help.

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