Vol. 12 No. 24 (2021): Le emozioni come oggetti sociali. Prospettive interdisciplinari
Articles

Sociologia dell’Intimità e Teoria sistemica. La forma sociale dell’amore dalla solidarietà senza scelta alla solidarietà senza consenso

Published November 16, 2021
Keywords
  • Intimacy Sociology,
  • Systemic Thinking,
  • complexity,
  • social codification of intimacy,
  • contemporary love
How to Cite
Condorelli, R. (2021). Sociologia dell’Intimità e Teoria sistemica. La forma sociale dell’amore dalla solidarietà senza scelta alla solidarietà senza consenso. SocietàMutamentoPolitica, 12(24), 129-142. https://doi.org/10.36253/smp-13230

Abstract

Generally men and women bind themselves driven by what they call love. Creative and identity renewing exaltation, revolutionary force which suddenly makes the insipidness of one’s life visible, love is a profound emotion. The transition from love to loving, from love as pure emotion to active love in relationship, marks the difference between lovers of yesterday and lovers of today, over time and societies, highlighting the social form of intimacy. What, then, is the “form” of contemporary love? Do the risks that characterize today’s intimate life mean that love has now become emptied of meaning, sucked into the semantic code of a ‘light’ and ‘inconsistent’ love, as Bauman seems to want? Or is there another interpretative possibility, on the line that runs from Luhmann to Giddens to Beck? Paradoxically, is it perhaps that love seems to have no meaning because it has ‘too much’ meaning? In the framework of the relationship between Systems Theory and Intimacy Sociology, the paper addresses these questions, revisiting to this purpose the morphogenesis of love in the transition from solidarity without choice to solidarity without sharing. 

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