Have you ever wondered why we fall in love? What is the background of the human ability and need for love? Is love something stronger than cultural norms or something entirely shaped by society?
This book will take you on an inspirational journey – from different scientific notions of love through intriguing personal stories, offering an unique view on the evolution, the origin and the development of the concept of love throughout history, taking in account its different forms as well as its’ social and personal significance.
An intimate essay, a travel diary and an ethnographic study – all in one, this book presents an inspirational exploration that takes readers on a passionate journey through different aspects of the meanings that love has in todays’ world.
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Table of contents
- WHAT IS LOVE?
- THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE
Does love exist when a language has no word for it?
- THE HISTORY OF LOVE
What path did love take from the African savannahs to the urban metropolises?
- THE SOURCE OF LOVE
Does love have its source in nature or nurture?
- MARRIAGE – THE INSTITUTION OF LOVE
Why are arranged marriages more resilient than love marriages?
Are we monogamous or polygamous by nature?
INTERMEZZO 1 – A PARADISE WITHIN
- THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LOVE
How much have our parents predetermined our relationships?
- ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT LOVE
What lies behind our firmly held beliefs, and can a person change?
- LOVE AND IDENTITY
Do we seek a partner who is a reflection of ourselves?
- THE SOCIOLOGY OF LOVE
How does society shape our choices?
- ROMANTIC LOVE
Is love the new religion?
- FORBIDDEN LOVE
Why does love sometimes survive impossible conditions?
- THE END OF LOVE
Why does love so often fail when all seems to be well?
INTERMEZZO 2—THE HELL WITHIN US
- MODERN LOVE
How does the paradox of choice undermine us?
- POLYAMORY and new forms of love
Is the modern form of polygamy the ‘new normal’?
- THE BOUNDARIES OF LOVE
What about the extreme cases?
- THE FUTURE OF LOVE
Is there hope for us?
- IS LOVE THE MEANING OF LIFE?
- IS LOVE UNIVERSAL?
- WHAT IS LOVE?
Text and photographs
Design and layout
Proofreading and language editing
Researcher and fact-checker
Anđela Rostuhar, Paula Brečak, and Ksenija Vujčić
The Club for Expedition and Culture, Zagreb, 2021