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Intimacy and Power

The Dynamics of Personal Relationships in Modern Society


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Derek Layder
    Pages 1-9
  3. Derek Layder
    Pages 10-35
  4. Derek Layder
    Pages 36-50
  5. Derek Layder
    Pages 51-62
  6. Derek Layder
    Pages 63-83
  7. Derek Layder
    Pages 98-112
  8. Derek Layder
    Pages 113-129
  9. Derek Layder
    Pages 130-145
  10. Derek Layder
    Pages 146-159
  11. Derek Layder
    Pages 160-169
  12. Derek Layder
    Pages 170-179
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 180-190

About this book


This book explores the nature of intimacy by revealing how the influence of individual, interpersonal and wider social factors create variations in self-disclosure, intimacy games and relationship habits. It describes how the dynamics of power and control in relationships give rise either to mutual satisfaction or to the unraveling of intimacy.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of LeicesterUK

About the authors

DEREK LAYDER is Visiting Professor at the University of Leicester, UK and Eminent Research Visitor, University of Western Sydney, Australia. His most recent publications include Social and Personal Identity, Emotion in Social Life, and Understanding Social Theory. 

Bibliographic information


' essential and indispensable source in the study of close and intimate relationships, not only because of its authoritative critique of Giddens' and Beck and Beck-Gernsheim's renowned theories of modern intimacy, but also because it is an impressive attempt to re-theorise this field of study by considering the dimensions of intimacy and introducing different types of intimate relationships in modernity.' - Sociology