Talk of Love by Ann Swidler
How Culture Matters

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Talk of love surrounds us, and romance is a constant concern of popular culture. Ann Swidler's Talk of Love is an attempt to discover how people find and sustain real love in the midst of that talk, and how that culture of love shapes their expectations and behavior in the process. To this end, Swidler conducted extensive interviews with Middle Americans and wound up offering us something more than an insightful exploration of love: Talk of Love is also a compelling study of how much culture affects even the most personal of our everyday experiences.

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Ann Swidler is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Organization without Authority and coauthor of Habits of the Heart, The Good Society, and Inequality by Design.
Published May 26, 2000 by University Of Chicago Press. 312 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Romance, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Using conversational interviews with 88 white, middle-class, mostly middle-aged suburbanites from the San Jose area in 1980–1981, California sociology professor Swidler attempts to determine how people use cultural meanings in their everyday lives.

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113-114] Many of Swidler's interview subjects drew upon this meaning of love and simultaneously used an alternative vision, which Swidler termed the "prosaic-realist" idea of love.

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