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Whether they involve sexual partners in the bedroom, customers and sales clerks in stores, or work colleagues in committee meetings, interpersonal relations between real people are the essential heart of society. But it is a 'heart' that has, for too long, been overlooked in social and psychological analysis. This book aims to recover the lost heart by exploring a wide range of examples of interpersonal control: * Intimate relations of love * Romance * Family ties * Sexuality * Emotional blackmail * Violence The book outlines a new way of thinking about control and power in everyday life. Written with accessible authority, the book will be of interest to students of Sociology, Social Psychology and Psychology.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780761943662
ISBN-10: 0761943668
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 7mm)
Pages: 136
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 18-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Derek Layder

In the area of social theory I am interested in how agency and structure combine in social life. In relation to this I have developed the 'theory of social domains' which represents my own attempt to deal with the agency-structure problem. I have also developed a methodological approach called 'adaptive theory'. This attempts to harness the creative synergy between 'received' (or 'preconceived') and 'emergent' theory, but also depends on a close connection between the construction of explanatory theory and the collection of empirical data. My ongoing interests are in drawing out the links between the 'theory of social domains' and 'adaptive theory' in the context of empirical research. With these objectives in mind I have recently completed studies of self-identity, emotion, intimacy, and power and control in social life.

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