Don't Make Me Choose!

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1999, Vol 44(2), 141–142. Review of the book, “Romantic Love and Sexual Behavior: Perspectives From the Social Sciences” (see record 1998-07581-000). It was de Munck's intention to begin to link the sexual and love worlds by inviting scholars from a range of disciplines and with a range of agendas to contribute to this integrative volume. That the book only partially succeeds in beginning to bridge the chasm in no way lessens the importance of the attempt. Common threads uniting these disparate chapters into a coherent volume were not readily apparent, although selected themes do appear. Overall, this volume contains a great deal of information about love and a great deal of information about sex. What is “wrong” with the picture is not what is present, but what is absent-that is, anyone with gray hair, wrinkles, and what in the world of antiques and collectibles is called “patina.” The fault is less with the volume than with the literature it seeks to represent. In spite of what might have been omitted, much is contained in this book. It offers a multidisciplinary attempt to address and integrate issues of love and sexuality, and it includes much thoughtful theoretical and empirical work. It ventures into the important arenas of cross-cultural and qualitative research. Perhaps most helpful, it creates a footbridge to connect the scholarly worlds of love and sexuality so that we no longer have to choose sides. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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