In their personal lives, people consider it essential to separate economics and intimacy. We have, for example, a long-standing taboo against workplace romance, while we see marital love as different from prostitution because it is not a fundamentally financial exchange. In The Purchase of Intimacy , Viviana Zelizer mounts a provocative challenge to this view. Getting to the heart of one of life's greatest taboos, she shows how we all use economic activity to create, maintain, and renegotiate important ties--especially ...

The Purchase of Intimacy 2007, Princeton University Press

ISBN-13: 9780691130637

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The Purchase of Intimacy 2005, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691124087