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"Well written, conceptually rich, and a welcome addition to the critical literature on emotion. It stands in juxtaposition to the dominant psychological models of emotion that have been unreflectively and uncritically reproduced, especially in organizational behaviour texts." British Journal of Sociology "Illuminates the contemporary expansion of therapeutic models of self and relationships into all aspects of life." Meghan Falvey, Modern Painters "Once again, Eva Illouz demonstrates that she is a true heir to the rich intellectual tradition of the Frankfurt School. Taking on the exploration of the important territory where public culture and private consciousness connect, Illouz brilliantly develops the concepts of emotional capital and emotional competence. This elegantly concise book will take its place alongside -- and engage in provocative conversation with -- the work of Bourdieu, Foucault, and Giddens." Larry Gross, University of Southern California "In a tour de force of intellectual and cultural history, Eva Illouz traces the entry of intimate emotions into what many thinkers have interpreted as the desiccating, rationalizing discourse and practice of capitalism. She opens our eyes to the large impact of therapeutic and feminist viewpoints on prevailing interpretations of economic life." Viviana A. Zelizer, Princeton University
E. Illouz, Professor of Sociology, The Hebrew University of Jersalem
* Contents * Chapter 1: The Rise of Homo Sentimentalis * Chapter 2: Suffering, Emotional Fields and Emotional Capital * Chapter 3: Romantic Webs