Wednesday, 15 October 2014


ISBN-10: 0-8261--2380-5
Εditor::Bernard I. Murstein
Title: Exploring Intimate Life Styles
Language: English
Place of Publication: New York
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Year of Publication: 1978
Format: 152x235mm
Pages: xxviii+302
Jacket Design: Mina Greenstein
Binding: boards in duotone dust jacket
Pages: xv+312
Weight: 612gr.
Original Price: N/A
Entry Date: 2014031
Entry Date: 15th October 2014


The institution of marriage has been in evidence since the onset of recorded history, and, no doubt, long preceded it. Currently, however, marriage is under attack - accused of perpetuating inequity between the sexes, limiting the personal development of external relationships, and frustrating the realization of interpersonal freedom and growth. Though marriage is still preferred by a vast majority of people, it is evident that there is increasing discontent with the traditional style of marriage that assigns sex roles, erodes singular identity, and restricts opportunities for individual interaction.

Dr. Murstein and contributors examine the alternatives to that discontent: intimate life styles that further individual growth, allow for adequate socialization of children, and meet societal needs. Exploring Intimate Life Styles treats variants within marriage - marriage contracts, androgeny, open marriage, and communes, variants involving unmarried persons - swinging or comarital sex, group marriage and multilateral relations, singlehood, cohabitation, and homosexuality; and offers a forecast for the future.

Written by established authorities in the field and by indivifuals who have participated in the variant forms, the book examines the different life styles from thoretical and review perspectives as well as on the experential level, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each form to estimate
both their present day function and future viability.

Exploring Intimate Life Styles is unanimous on one central issue - traditional marriage complete with nonworking wife, no divorce, and sexual exclusivity is losing its ideological appeal. Murstein and contributors invite the reader - whether student, professional, or layman - to look ahead into the future to see what form it may take or what may be waiting to take its place.

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