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International Handbook of Love - Transcultural and Transdisciplinary Perspectives

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This handbook is the winner of the William B. Gudykunst Award for Outstanding Book in 2023, given by the International Academy of Intercultural Research.

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 The End of Love: A sociology of Negative relationships. Oxford University Press.

"This is not a volume to be read in a single sitting (though I almost did, due to a protracted hospital stay), nor is it romantic or inspirational reading (though, in some cases, I had hoped for more narrative examples and case studies. Rather it is a highly diverse scholarly effort, a massive resource collection of research papers on love in a variety of contexts, personal and professional settings, and cultures. The work is well referenced providing a large number of resources for deeper exploration. .... We owe our thanks to the authors and editors of this "handbook" for work well done, though that word in the title should not lead readers to suspect that, enlightening as it is, this book is a vade mecum or practical tour guide that provides ready solutions to the vicissitudes and challenges of our love lives!"

Reviewed by Dr. George F. Simons on


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List of contents

Part I: Introductory Chapters.- Chapter 1. Voicing The Stories Of Love Across Cultures - An Introduction (Claude-Hélène Mayer and Elisabeth Vanderheiden).- Chapter 2. The State Of Ethnological Research On Love: A Critical Review (William Jankowiak and Alex Nelson).- Chapter 3. Love's Ethnographic Record: Beyond The Love/Arranged Marriage Dichotomy And Other False Essentialisms (Alex Nelson and William Jankowiak).- Chapter 4. Cultural Diversity Of Romantic Love Experience (Victor Karandashev).- Part II: Particular Facets And Manifestations Of Love In Digital Social, Cultural And Political Contexts.- Chapter 5. Cyberspace: The Alternative Romantic Culture (Aaron Ben-Ze'ev).- Chapter 6. Climbing, And Falling Off, Plato's Ladder Of Love: The Emotions Of Love And Of Love's Undoing (Warren Tenhouten).- Chapter 7. Towards The Performance Of Embodied Cultures Of Love (Freddie Crous and Leigh Leo).- Chapter 8. "A Friend? A Single Soul Dwelling In Two Bodies."Friendship - A Special Kind of Love (Elisabeth Vanderheiden).- Chapter 9. "I have a friend with benefits, Whom off and on I see." Friends with Benefits Relationships (Elisabeth Vanderheiden).- Chapter 10. Building A Culture of Revolutionary Love: The Politics Of Love In Radical Social Transformation (Matt York).- Part III: Love In Religious And Belief Systems.- Chapter 11. Devotion: "Being Shore to the Ocean" (Thomas Ryan).- Chapter 12. Ask: The Sufi Concept for Love (Çigdem Bugdayci).- Chapter 13. prema in kabIr's sAkhI:  Indigenous Perspectives on Love (dharma prakAza zarmA bhAwuka).- Part IV: Love within the Framework of Family And Intergenerational Relations.- Chapter 14. Videography Of Love and Marriage Order (Elena Rozhdestvenskaya).- Chapter 15. Low-SES Parents' Love As Educational Involvement With their Primary School Children: A Synthesis of Qualitative Research (Naomi Takashiro and Clifford H. Clarke).- Chapter 16. When A Mother's Love Is Not Enough: A Cross-Cultural Critical Review Of Attachment, Anxiety, Abandonment, And Infanticide (Sergio A. Silverio, Catherine Wilkinson, Victoria Fallon, Alessandra Bramante, and Aleksandra A. Stanevanskaya).- Chapter 17. A semi-peripheral myth of the "good mother". The history of motherly love in Hungary from a global perspective (Gergely Csányi and Szabina Kerényi).- Chapter 18. Loving Like I Was Loved: Mother-Child Relationship from the Malay Muslims' Perspective (Dini Farhana Baharudin, Melati Sumari, Suhailiza Md Hamdani, and Hazlina Abdullah).- Chapter 19. Sexuality, Love and Sexual Well-being in Old Age (Sofia von Humboldt, Isabel Leal, and Gail Low).- Chapter 20. "A Matter Of Age?" Love Relationships between Older Women And Younger Men - the So-called "Cougar" Phenomenon (Elisabeth Vanderheiden).- Chapter 21. A Table for One: the Homosexual Single And the Absence Of Romantic Love (Aliraza Javaid).- Chapter 22. On Homosexual Love and Right to Same-Sex Marriage: Questioning the Paradox of  #LoveWins Discourse (Tinnaphop Sinsomboonthong).- Chapter 23. Love And Conflicts Between Identity-Forming Values (Michael Kühler).- Chapter 24. The Importance of Family Members in Love Letters (Paul C. Rosenblatt).- Part V: Love in the Context of Counselling, Psychotherapy And Psychiatry.- Chapter 25. Love in Exile and Other Extraordinary Circumstances Love at the Psychiatric Ward (Dominic Harion, Sarah F. Loew, Sascha Settegast, and Dominik Zink).- Chapter 26. Love from a Psychotherapeutic Perspective Including Case Studies: The Need for Effective Altruism (Hans-Jörg Lütgerhorst, Sabine Diekmeier, and Jörg Fengler).- Chapter 27. Coming Home to Self: Finding self- Compassion and Self- Love in Psychotherapy (Aakriti Malik).- Chapter 28. How to Research Performances of Love with Timelines (Sharon Rose Brehm).- Part VI: Love In The Context of Globalisation.- Chapter 29. Correlates Of Love Across Relationship Types And Cultural Regions (Charles T. Hill and Co-authors).- Chapter 30. Love In a A Time Of Globalization: Intimacy Re-imagined Across Cultural Flows (Bahira Trask).- Chapter 31. The Expression of Compassionate Love In the South African Cultural Diversity Contexts (Rudolf M Oosthuizen).- Chapter 32. Love In The Context of Transnational Academic Exchanges: Promoting Mental Health And Wellbeing (Rashmi Singla and Ulrike de Ponte).- Chapter 33. Living With Love In Today's World: Philosophical Reflections on Some of its Complexities (Ondrej Beran and Camilla Kronqvist).- Part VII: The Dark Side of Love.- Chapter 34. Love in Unhappy Couples (Paul C. Rosenblatt).- Chapter 35. "A Silver Duck In The Dish Wash Water" Or Love And Crime Within The Context Of Positive Victimology (Claude-Hélène Mayer).- Chapter 36. Free To Love. Experiences With Love For Women In Prison (Estibaliz de Miguel Calvo).- Chapter 37. Hatred, Life Without Love, And The Descent Into Hell (Warren Tenhouten).- Chapter 38. When the Love Is Bad (Patricia L. Grosse).- Part VIII: Love In Literature.- Chapter 39. Cosmopolitan Love - The Actuality Of Goethe's Passions (Rainer Matthias Holm-Hadulla and Alexander Nicolai Wendt).- Chapter 40. On The Construction Of The Spanish Hero In Intercultural Romances (María-Isabel González-Cruz).- Chapter 41. Passion Love, Masculine Rivalry And Arabic Poetry In Mauritania (Corinne Fortier).- Chapter 42. "How Do You Spell Love?" - "You Don't Spell It. You Feel It." (Anna Chesnokova and Willie van Peer).- Chapter 43. "There are as many kinds of love as there are hearts": Age Gap Relationships in Literature and Cultural Stereotypes (Anna Chesnokova and Willie van Peer).- Chapter 44. Imagining Love: Teen Romance Novels and American Teen Relational Capacity (Estella Carolye Kuchta).- Part IX: Love in Workplaces and Business Contexts.- Chapter 45. Love In Leaders - Leadership Solutions In The 4th Revolution (Claude-Hélène Mayer).- Chapter 46. Love Is A Many-Splendoured Thing: Brand Love In A Consumer Culture (Leona Ungerer).- Part X: Love in Different Cultural Contexts.- Chapter 47. Stories Of Love In Cultural Perspectives: Meaning-making Through Expressions, Rituals And Symbols (Claude-Hélène Mayer).- Chapter 48. Forbidden Love: Controlling Partnerships Across Ethnoracial Boundaries (D. Rodríguez-García).- Chapter 49. The Triangular Theory Of Love Scale Used In A South African Context: A Research Study (Kathryn Nel and Saraswathie Govender).- Chapter 50. Love in China (1950-now) (Pan Wang).- Chapter 51. Sustaining Love In Japanese Bicultural Marriages And The Application Of Intercultural Competencies (Clifford H. Clarke & Naomi Takashiro).- Chapter 52. Agape Love In Indigenous Women's Memoir: A Quest for Justice and Unity (Helen Fordham).- Chapter 53. Sacrifice and The Agapic Love Gender Gap in South Korean Romantic Relationships (Alex Nelson).- Chapter 54. Contestations and Complexities of Love in Late-Socialist Cuba (Heidi Härkönen).- Chapter 55. "If Any Man Loveth Not His Father":  Søren Kierkegaard's Psychology of Love (James L. Kelley).- Chapter 56. Focus on Cross-cultural Models of Love (Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk and Paul A. Wilson).- Chapter 57. Could Trump Be His Own Valentine? On Narcissism And Selfless Self-Love (Jan Bransen).- Part XI: Emic Perspectives on Love.- Chapter 58. Love, Dementia and Intimate Citizenship (Catherine Barrett, Anne Tudor, John Quinn, and Glenys Petrie).- Chapter 59. Enlisting Positive Psychologies to Challenge Love within SAD's Culture of Maladaptive Self-Beliefs (Robert F. Mullen).- Chapter 60. Different Race, Same Cultures": Intercultural Identity Development in the Name of Love (Claude-Hélène Mayer and Lolo Jacques Mayer).

About the author

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.

Product details

Assisted by Claude-Hélène Mayer (Editor), Vanderheiden (Editor), Elisabeth Vanderheiden (Editor)
Publisher Springer, Berlin
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 01.05.2022
EAN 9783030459987
ISBN 978-3-0-3045998-7
No. of pages 1147
Dimensions 173 mm x 60 mm x 236 mm
Weight 1726 g
Illustrations XX, 1147 p. 93 illus., 75 illus. in color.
Subjects Humanities, art, music > Psychology
Non-fiction book > Psychology, esoterics, spirituality, anthroposophy > Psychology: general, reference works

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