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Intimacy: From Transformation to Transmutation
Gabriel Bianchi
Human Affairs , 2010, DOI: 10.2478/v10023-010-0001-4
Abstract: The paper reflects the historical and current dynamism of the concept of intimacy. Besides differences between scientific disciplines in understanding what the substance of intimacy is, the recent discourse on change in intimacy has been dominated by the transformation theme introduced by Anthony Giddens (1992). Led by reflections of Richard Sennett (1986) the author draws attention to the opposite aspect of change in intimacy—the change in content, or the "transmutation" of intimacy. Transmutation of intimacy—the substitution of the satisfaction of intimate needs with identity creation—not only contests the very essence of intimacy, but also constitutes a significant challenge for the project of intimate citizenship (Plummer 2003).
The end of intimacy?: Love life in the age of globalization  [PDF]
?tulhofer Aleksandar,Miladinov Kiril
Sociologija , 2004, DOI: 10.2298/soc0401001s
Abstract: The central aim of this paper is to describe the sources and unintended consequences of the new intimate risks, those that are not exogenously (socioculturally), but endogenously determined. These new risks arise exclusively from personal wishes, expectations and preferences, as well as from intimate interactions between postmodern individuals. The defining difference between “old” and “new” intimacy is a disappearance of the regulating system of social norms due to modern processes of de-traditionalization. Freed from social expectations, which used to structure romantic relationships, the process of intimacy-building becomes a deinstitutionalized and fluid personal project - a part of the (post)modern self-project - recently termed “the pure relationship” (A. Giddens). We argue that the pure relationship, which is presently the dominant model of romantic involvement, entails a number of (new) intimate risks leading to a deficit (and fragmentation) of intimacy. At the same time, as we point out in the concluding section, the pure relationship does contain a potential for true intimacy.
Disgust and Intimacy
Tatiana Bu eková, Monika I ová
Human Affairs , 2010, DOI: 10.2478/v10023-010-0024-x
Abstract: The aim of the paper is to present the results of preliminary research into the relation between disgust and intimacy. The authors apply current psychological conceptions of the emotions relating to social behaviour, primarily the theory of disgust associated with Paul Rozin, Jonathan Haidt and Clark McCauley. The research was conducted in a community of students living in student halls in Bratislava. The authors argue that social relationships may influence expressions of core disgust and the animal-nature disgust that is considered to be an earlier stage in the evolutionary development of this emotion. More specifically, people's representations of feelings of disgust towards elicitors linked to certain persons are conditioned by the social categories those persons belong to and the socio-cultural schemas distributed in the given environment.
Intimacy, migration, and cultural change: Latinos and American Fertility
Alvarado, Emmanuel;Nehring, Daniel;
Estudios sociales (Hermosillo, Son.) , 2010,
Abstract: this article re-examines the relationship between fertility trends in the u.s. and massive hispanic immigration in the context of wider processes of globalization, thus highlighting the ways in which local transformations of couple relationships, sexuality, and reproduction are enmeshed in a complex web of interrelated global social, political, economic, and cultural trends. here, we argue that fertility trends in the u.s. need to be analyzed from a relational perspective that accounts for the interaction between local transformations of intimacy in the u.s. and wider, global developments. to exemplify the preceding argument, this article draws on qualitative research on transformations of intimate life among mexicans in the u.s. and mexico to illustrate the complex interaction between relevant social patterns and changes in intimacy and fertility in both parts of the world. we conclude that the long-term reproductive patterns of hispanics in the u.s. will be highly dependent upon the dynamic interaction among cultural patterns of reproduction and intimacy, desired family schemas and the socio-economic prospects found in america and in the countries of origin of american-latino ethnic groups in latin america.
Machiavellianism and Intimacy Attitudes in the Interpersonal Relationships  [PDF]
Chi-Fai Lo, Eva Chor-Bing Ng
Psychology (PSYCH) , 2019, DOI: 10.4236/psych.2019.104029
Abstract: The present study investigated the relation between Machiavellianism and intimacy attitudes in the interpersonal relationships. Male (N = 46) and female (N = 56) participants aged 18 to 51 years (M = 31.56, SD = 8.00) were recruited to complete a questionnaire containing Mach IV Scale (Christie & Geis, 1970) and Intimacy Attitude Scale-Revised (Amidon, Kumar, & Treadwell, 1983). The regression analysis has revealed that Machiavellianism is a reliable predictor of the intimacy attitude of an individual, and the hypothesis that Machiavellianism is negatively correlated with positive intimacy and positively correlated with negative intimacy has been confirmed.
Intimacy and the Search for True Meetings in Theatre  [cached]
André Carreira
Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Presen?a , 2011,
Abstract: This paper reflects on the elements of intimacy in the contemporary scene considering it as a mark of a theatre that looks beyond the limits of realistic theatre. This text also proposes a discussion about the place of the audience in scenes which focus on the personal and autobiographical.
The Politics of “Atopia of the Intimate" in Contemporary Art: the View from Lacanian Psychoanalysis (a response to Gérard Wajcman)  [cached]
Lieven Jonckheere
S : Journal of the Jan van Eyck Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique , 2008,
Abstract: This text was conceived as a dialogue with the preceding text by Gérard Wacjman, entitled "Intimate Exposed, Intimate Extorted." Three psychoanalytic paradigms of 'the intimate' are identified throughout Lacan's teachings: the unconscious, the fantasy and the sinthome. First I show that each of them is already in itself characterized by a particular form of atopia, meaning that it is impossible to localize their particular version of 'the intimate'. This atopia goes for the subject as well as for the Other, but neither of them is conscious of this. This is where art comes in. In accordance with Wacjman's fundamental idea of art as an "exposition of the intimate", I show how this exposition of the atopia of the three Lacanian versions of 'the intimate' has to assume three different forms in order to convince both parties that 'it' really is beyond any grasp. 1. Art once used to stage the atopia of the 'intimate' of the unconscious, of our relation with language. 2. Nowadays the plastic arts continue to occupy themselves with extimising the atopia of the intimate of the fantasy, of our relation with the object of enjoyment. 3. Meanwhile the most interesting forms of plastic arts, for the future, are starting to monstrate the atopia of 'the intimate' of the sintom. Can we be confident that psychoanalysis will survive long enough in order to discover and conceptualize a fourth form of the intimate in time – and that some form of the plastic arts once again will able be able to expose the atopia of this intimacy in a way that once again reveals the utter impossibility of grasping it.
The disentangling power of unitaries  [PDF]
Lieven Clarisse,Sibasish Ghosh,Simone Severini,Anthony Sudbery
Physics , 2006, DOI: 10.1016/j.physleta.2007.02.001
Abstract: We define the disentangling power of a unitary operator in a similar way as the entangling power defined by Zanardi, Zalka and Faoro [PRA, 62, 030301]. A general formula is derived and it is shown that both quantities are directly proportional. All results concerning the entangling power can simply be translated into similar statements for the disentangling power. In particular, the disentangling power is maximal for certain permutations derived from orthogonal latin squares. These permutations can therefore be interpreted as those that distort entanglement in a maximal way.
Breakup Distress and Loss of Intimacy in University Students  [PDF]
Tiffany Field, Miguel Diego, Martha Pelaez, Osvelia Deeds, Jeannette Delgado
Psychology (PSYCH) , 2010, DOI: 10.4236/psych.2010.13023
Abstract: Breakup distress and reasons for breakup including affiliation, intimacy, sexuality and autonomy reasons were stud-ied in 119 university students who had experienced a recent breakup of a romantic relationship. The sample was di-vided into high and low breakup distress groups based on a median score on the Breakup Distress Scale. The groups were then compared on their responses on the Breakup Reasons Scale. Only the intimacy subscale differentiated the high versus low breakup distress groups. These data highlight the importance of intimacy for romantic relationships and the loss of intimacy as a reason for breakups.
Intimacy and Couple Satisfaction: The Moderating Role of Romantic Attachment
Cathy Dandurand,Marie-France Lafontaine
International Journal of Psychological Studies , 2013, DOI: 10.5539/ijps.v5n1p74
Abstract: The present study extends findings regarding the established relation between intimacy (emotional and sexual) and couple satisfaction by investigating dyadic processes of intimacy (actor and partner effects) and the moderating role of gender and insecure romantic attachment on this relation. Using a sample of 117 heterosexual couples, results analyzed through an Actor-Partner-Interdependence Model revealed that only actor and partner emotional intimacy were significantly and positively related with actor couple satisfaction when examined simultaneously with sexual intimacy; stronger effects were revealed for actor versus partner emotional intimacy. Actor avoidant attachment was also found to moderate the aforementioned association, such that a decreased positive relation was demonstrated between actor emotional intimacy and actor couple satisfaction. Thus, results suggest that emotional intimacy may play a less important role in the attainment of satisfactory couple relationships amongst individuals exhibiting higher attachment avoidance. The myriad of additional practical and clinical implications of findings are discussed.
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