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Romantic love is, they maintain, an ideological support for a short-term passionate involvement leading to a long-term unequal dependence. The nuclear family, according to second wave feminists, is claustrophobic, totally involving, sexually binding, and based on a philosophy of possessiveness, and yet it is held up as a woman’s salvation. Indeed De Beauvoir argues that the woman in love desires her enslavement so ardently that she thinks it is her freedom. According to R. Collins (1972) ‘ideals are used as weapons’ (p.

The model of psychosocial studies presented in this book argues for the importance of bringing an essentialist psychoanalytic account of affective life into dialogue and debate with historicised sociological and cultural accounts of emotion and social phenomena. It involves using object relations psychoanalysis as an analytical tool with which to analyse a social phenomenon or discourse, rather than the social phenomena or discourse being explicitly used to interrogate or deconstruct the discourse of object relations psychoanalysis.

A Psychosocial Approach to Emotional Life 21 According to Mills’ definitions, the psychosocial approach to the study of emotion (and narrative studies) in this book does not systematically qualify as ‘classic social analysis’ (1959, p. 6 Therefore, despite some similar objectives between a sociological and psychosocial imagination, significant differences exist in the use of the term sociological. Also, the sociological imagination could be seen to be in danger from a sociological reductionism.

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