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Radical Love

A Revolution for the 21 st Century


Lídia Puigvert

Radical Love is a study about the phenomenon of love. Radical love allows for both passionate and egalitarian relationships and, in Gómez’s words, «a revolution for the twenty-first century.»
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Chapter 2. Contemporary Love Theories: Elements of Change

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“The Risk Society can also put a learning process into place (…) as a global learning process, such as cosmopolitization: and this is essentially, the hope with which I propose my theory (…) May my enemies take charge of killing these hopes. Meanwhile, I continue in search of my objective, which is marvelously unattainable: rethinking society” (Beck, 2002: 195–216).

A large global change is taking place in all of the processes that affect our lives. For instance, the social conflict that was previously evident in social class struggle is now reflected in the battle of genders and in relationships that involve domination. Although questions of love are always similar in their functioning, they are constantly accompanied by risk and uncertainty. Thus, our collective consciousness has incorporated insecurity into the sexual-affective terrain as inherent to our daily lives. These lives take on new forms and open up a pathway toward relationships in which lovers attempt to express their love through dialogue and work to achieve equality and freedom daily.

Does sex speak the language of revolution? Are we experiencing a sexual revolution? What type of connection exists between love and sex? Is it possible to ← 27 | 28 → be in a motivating sexual relationship of equals, or are we always dominated by power relations? What has happened to intimacy? Is it being transformed in a subversive way? These are some of the questions that Giddens (1991, 1993) attempted to answer on the topic of sexuality and love. He demonstrated...

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