Love As a Sensible Bond: Towards a Global Observation

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 8:30 AM-10:20 AM
Room: 424
TG07 Senses and Society (host committee)

Language: English

In the last twenty years the number of scientific articles and books on the subject of love has increased exponentially, not only in Sociology but also in other Social Sciences. The expansion has been global, suggesting that this interest reflects not only a scientific shift but also a social-global concern on such matters. The increase on the number of recent studies has called for taking love not only as a scientific object but even more as an interdisciplinary field of study (Jónasdóttir). Even though love is a complex neuro-bio-social phenomenon which requires interdisciplinary intervention, it can be approached from a distinct sociological perspective. That is, sociologists accept the biological foundations of love (of the human being as a species), but their main interest has been to observe it as: 1) a social discourse which constricts and allows people to express their love to others; 2) a process produced by interaction and which produces also social bonding –efervescence-; 3) a personal experience which can be expressed in words and is embodied (is felt in the body). What these analyses share is that love is culturally and historically diverse in its discourses and experiences, in how it is felt and enacted. Therefore, the session aims to explore the different ways love is experienced/felt, and performed/enacted and its relation to a specific region or regions. The overall objective is to present overarching theoretical elements for a global analysis of love as a social and sensory phenomenon –eg. its’ implications for social bonding, sexual restrain or liberation, nationalism and hatred.
Session Organizer:
Adriana GARCIA ANDRADE, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico
Emma FELTON, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
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Anna G. JÓNASDÓTTIR, Örebro University, Sweden

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Christian KLESSE, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

Beyond Love: Gender Power and Desire Amongst Young Africans (Oral Presentation)
Deevia BHANA, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Construction of "US": The Experience of Love in the Sensible Proximity (Oral Presentation)
Adriana GARCIA ANDRADE, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico; Olga Alejandra SABIDO RAMOS, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico

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