"The interactions of our private lives consist of subtle blends of
acts of intimacy and economic exchange, which the legal system
awkwardly deconstructs when things go wrong. This beautiful book
will gently guide you through the many ironies of intimate
exchange."--Daniel Kahneman, Princeton University, and Nobel
Laureate in Economic Sciences
"Do you think that the realm of money and the realm of intimacy
are separate spheres? Viviana Zelizer will make you think again. A
fascinating demonstration that romantic relationships are pervaded
by transactions of multiple sorts--and that we ignore those
transactions at our peril."--Cass Sunstein, author of
"Zelizer demolishes the idea that caring and commerce inhabit
two separate and mutually exclusive realms. As she shows in a wide
range of examples drawn from marriage, the sex trade, and the
caring professions, love and money have always been intimately
intertwined. A fascinating and even liberating book."--Ann
Crittenden, author of "The Price of Motherhood" and "If You've
Raised Kids, You Can Manage Anything"
"Viviana Zelizer has long been known as the world's most astute,
discerning, and original cultural analyst of economic processes.
Here, she brings together the two streams of her work in a mighty
river of a book. The Purchase of Intimacy will be read for years to
come."--Charles Tilly, Joseph L. Buttenweiser Professor of Social
Science, Columbia University, author of "Roads from Past to
"Author of the classic "The Social Meaning of Money," Viviana
Zelizer here draws many examples from the law and from studies of
everyday life to illuminate the wondrous variety of ways money and
intimacy continuouslymix. Carefully researched and clearly argued,
"The Purchase of Intimacy" is an important and challenging read for
scholars and nonscholars alike."--Arlie Russell Hochschild, author
of "The Commercialization of Intimate Life" and coeditor of "Global
"Here, Viviana Zelizer explores the fascinating interplay of
intimate relationships and economic interest, using legal cases as
her raw material. Rejecting simplistic interpretations that
privilege either economics or culture, she charts a middle course
of 'connected lives' that reveals the complexity and richness of
her subject matter. Zelizer provides an exhaustively researched,
original, and carefully argued analysis that, like her previous
classics, is sure to transform the way scholars think about
economics and social relations."--Juliet Schor, Boston College,
author of "Born to Buy" and "The Overworked American"
"This terrific book establishes the commodification of intimacy
as something that now cannot be ignored."--Carol Sanger, Barbara
Aronstein Black Professor of Law, Columbia University
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