Written as one of the three key texts for the new Open University course Making Social Worlds, the book combines an accessible introduction to significant strands of current sociological thought.
This book introduces students to attachment as an everyday social experience. Focusing on wide-ranging and accessible examples, the text explores how attachments between people, and between people and things, are made, sustained and unmade. In doing so, the book introduces a number of competing sociological approaches to these processes, in particular, feminist versions of social constructionism; theories of material culture and actor network theory; phenomenology; and psycho-societal theories. The book combines an accessible introduction to significant strands of current sociological thought with illustrative material students will find engaging and compelling, such as intimate family relations, media texts, the economy and sport.
Table of Contents
Notes on contributors vi
Series preface vii
Introduction 1 (18)
Affective attachment in families 19 (32)
`I Just wanted her out': attachment, the 51 (32)
psycho-social and media texts
Boxing masculinities: attachment, 83 (28)
embodiment and heroic narratives
Attachment and detachment in the economy 111(32)
What does psychoanalysis contribute to our 143(32)
understanding of failures of social