19 May 2015

Distant love - with Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim

The programme Migrations & Digital studies is honoured to receive Mrs Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim, Prof. sociology at Munich University and LSE, around the last book she signed with Ulrich Beck, Distant love, published by Polity Press, 2014.

Introduced by Dana Diminescu (Senior Lecture at Telecom ParisTech and director of programme Migrations and digital studies)  and concluded by a debate about distance link, with prof. Christian Licoppe, Telecom Paristech.

About the book

Love and family life in the global age: grandparents in Salonika and their grandson in London speak together every evening via Skype. A U.S. citizen and her Swiss husband fret over large telephone bills and high travel costs. A European couple can finally have a baby with the help of an Indian surrogate mother.

In their new book, Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim investigate all types of long-distance relationships, marriages and families that stretch across countries, continents and cultures. These long-distance relationships comprise so many different forms of what they call ‘world families’, by which they mean love and intimate relationships between individuals living in, or coming from, different countries or continents. In all their various forms these world families share one feature in common: they are the focal point in which different aspects of the globalized world become embodied in the personal lives of individuals. Whether they like it or not, lovers and relatives in these families find themselves confronting the world in the inner space of their own lives. The conflicts between the developed and developing worlds come to the surface in world families- they acquire faces and names, creating confusion, surprise, anger, joy, pleasure and pain at the heart of everyday life.

This path-breaking book will appeal to a wide readership interested in the changing character of love in our times.

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