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A Thinking Allowed special on 'romantic love' presented by Laurie Taylor.

A Thinking Allowed special on 'love'. What are the origins of our notions of high romantic love? Was the post war period a 'golden age' for lifelong love? Has marriage for love now failed? Laurie Taylor hopes to finds some answers with the help of the social historian, Claire Langhamer, the philosopher, Pascal Bruckner, and the sociologist, Professor Mary Evans.Revised repeat.
Producer: Jayne Egerton

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Pascal Bruckner

Novelist and philosopher



Find out more about Pascal Bruckner



Has Marriage for Love Failed?
Publisher: Polity Press
ISBN-10: 0745669786
ISBN-13: 978-0745669786

Senior Lecturer in History, University of Sussex

Claire Langhamer

Senior Lecturer in History, University of Sussex



Find out more about Claire Langhamer



The English in Love: The Intimate Story of an Emotional Revolution
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN-10: 0199594430
ISBN-13: 978-0199594436

Mary Evans

Emeritus Professor, University of Kent



Find out more about Mary Evans



Love: An Unromantic Discussion
Publisher: Polity Press
ISBN-10: 0745620736
ISBN-13: 978-0745620732

Ethnography Award

Thank you for all your entries.  


These are now being reviewed by the judges for the Award, Professor Dick Hobbs, Professor Henrietta Moore, Dr Louise Westmarland, Professor Bev Skeggs. The Chair is Professor Laurie Taylor. (Please do not contact any judges directly).


The judges will be looking for work which displays flair, originality and clarity, alongside sound methodology. The work should make a significant contribution to knowledge and understanding in the relevant area of research.


The panel of judges will select six finalists, and from that shortlist the judges will select an overall winner who will be awarded a prize of £1000.


The finalists will be contacted by telephone early spring of 2014 and the winner of the Award will be announced at the BSA Annual Conference in April 2014.


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