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    Loving the Stranger: Mixed Couples and Mixed Emotions

    King-O’Riain, Rebecca Chiyoko (2021) Loving the Stranger: Mixed Couples and Mixed Emotions. Simmel Studies, 25 (2). p. 181. ISSN 1616-2552

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    This paper brings together two of the key theoretical concepts attributed to Georg Simmel – the notion of the ‘stranger’ (the person who is not indigenous to a social context and perpetually seen as possibly not belonging) and ‘love’ as socially constructed which has the potential to turn an individual love into a notion of ‘super individual couplehood’ unifying two individuals and transforming them in the process. Based on in-depth qualitative interviews with 35 people in ‘mixed’ couples, this paper examines how loving the stranger is constructed, maintained and challenged across cultures, languages, races, and nationalities.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Loving; Stranger; Mixed Couples; Mixed Emotions;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 18650
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    Depositing User: Dr Rebecca King O Riain
    Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2024 14:38
    Journal or Publication Title: Simmel Studies
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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