The purchase of intimacy

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Students of the intersection between monetary transfers and intimate social relations face a choice among three ways of analyzing that relationship: as hostile worlds whose contact contaminates one or the other; as nothing but market transactions, cultural constructions, or coercion; or as differentiated ties, each marked by a distinctive set of monetary transfers. A review of payment practices, legal disputes, and recent legal theory illustrates the weakness of the first two views and the desirability of further pursuing the third alternative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)817-848
Number of pages32
JournalLaw and Social Inquiry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences
  • Law


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