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Commodifying and Generating Spiritual Love: The Love Pilgrimage of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi (1207-1273)

Çiçek İlengiz “[W]e come here to emanate love, to unify others and Him [Mevlana]. […] That’s what love means. But for locals, it’s all about money we spend here [in Konya]. […] They treat us as if we are customers, however, we’re in a love pilgrimage” [1] says one of the pilgrims to describe the […]

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Altares, Azucar y Cenizas / Altars, Sugar and Ashes

CW: slavery, racism, rape. As part of this month’s themed content exploring sociological interpretations of love, we’ve been given permission to share ‘Anti-racism and anti-colonial resistance from the perspective of people of African descent’, a part of the Spanish Language Altares, Azucar y Cenizas podcast series hosted by Radio Web MACBA and curated by Veronica […]

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The Socialization of Black Folks: Love and Racial Features in Black Families

Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman In the midst of popular messages that speak about the unconditional nature of love, to what extent might it also be true that “What love looks like, depends on what you look like?” After having spent several hours in labor, a black mother and father (first time parents) were overjoyed to welcome their […]

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Love in a Diverse City

Lidia Katia C. Manzo One of the most profound effects of globalization is that people from everywhere are falling in love with people from everywhere else. Increasing migration worldwide has facilitated the unions of people from different countries, religions, ethnicities and, presumably, cultural backgrounds. Particularly in urban areas of super-diversity, there is a growing likelihood […]

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Methods for Metaphorizing Erotic Love in Heterosexual Men and Women

Julita Czernecka and Katarzyna Kalinowska In life, as in scientific arguments, there is no singular view of what love is. Definitions of love involve the interpretation of intimate relationships, and build upon cultural resources and shared understandings of experiences. It is difficult to express such complex intimate experiences precisely and clearly, which is why any […]

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Love, Neo-Conservatism and Other Drugs: How Neo-Con Woman Writers of Wattpad in Turkey Construct the Gendered Love

Tuğba Sivri Why are women considered to be “natural conservatives”? Andrea Dworkin, one of the most influential figures of radical feminism, addresses this question in her brilliant book Right-Wing Women (1978). She argues that the Right offers women useful methods to reduce male aggression and – in return for some sacrifices – this promises crucial […]

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Accounting for material-orientated understandings of love: the business of child-rearing

Emma Waight The material-cultural turn rejuvenated debates around more-than-human ways of being. Matter matters, but does it matter to love? Traditional sociological accounts of love have broadly approached love from the same structural framework, aligned with the individualisation thesis. This has been useful for thinking through family life and relationships in neoliberal societies, but tends […]

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Weddings: What’s Love got to do with it?

Terence Heng, Instagrammer-in-Residence, introduces the work he’ll be sharing throughout April.

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Introducing April’s theme: Love

Sarah K Perry kicks off this month’s blog theme, with a taste of the work that we’ll be sharing. Photo by Terence Heng.

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