The Single Woman and the Fairytale Prince
By (author) Jean-Claude Kaufmann
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Single Woman and the Fairytale Prince by Jean-Claude Kaufmann
Book DescriptionThe number of one-person households is rising steeply all over the world and a growing proportion of these 'new singles' are women. It is estimated that one woman in three lives on her own. This development reflects general social trends, ranging from rising divorce rates to the growing professionalization of women and their dissatisfaction with a traditional model that offers them a future organized solely around 'husband-baby-home'. At the same time, the attractions of that model still linger and the fairytale prince is by no means a figure from a story or a remote past. Even in an age in which the internet promises that love is 'just a click away', many women still wait for their prince to come. Jean-Claude Kaufmann's sympathetic study of the lives, aspirations and sometimes despair of the 'new single women' is based mainly on an analysis of a sample of the hundreds of letters sent to Marie-Claire magazine after it published a first-hand account of the single life. Funny, touching and at times profoundly sad, the letters paint a collective portrait of the single woman and her life that is both intimate and socially significant. Kaufmann concludes by situating their stories in a broad comparative context and considering the possible impact of novel phenomena such as the recent vogue for 'mail-order brides'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745640495
(237mm x 159mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 22-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jean-Claude Kaufmann
Love Online, Hardback (February 2012)
The internet is changing the rules of the game of love. In a world where anything is possible, a potential date - whether it be a one-night stand or the start of a more lasting relationship - can be just a click away. Anyone looking for love online can throw off their inhibitions and can say what they have never dared to before.
Curious History of Love, Paperback (November 2011)
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Meaning of Cooking, Hardback (June 2010)
In 1785 James Boswell and Dr Johnson were trying to come up with a way of distinguishing human beings from animals. The beasts have memory, judgement, and all the faculties and passions of our mind, in a certain degree,' said Boswell, but no beast is a cook.
Gripes, Paperback (October 2009)» View all books by Jean-Claude Kaufmann
This book examines the gripes which plague the lives of modern couples Jean-Claude Kaufmann is one of the best-selling sociologists in France and always provides interesting and accessible accounts of everyday life Often amusing, this study explains the importance of overcoming conflict in strengthening a relationship.
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Author Biography - Jean-Claude Kaufmann
Jean-Claude Kaufmann is a Sociologist and Director of Research at the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) in the University of Paris V, Sorbonne.
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