Give In or Grow Up? The Cultural Contradictions of Late Capitalism
A discussion with Susan Neiman
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Eva Illouz is Rose Isaac Professor of Sociology at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a member of the Center for the Study of Rationality. She studied sociology, communications and literature in Paris, Jerusalem and Philadelphia. She has served as a visiting professor at Northwestern University, Princeton University, at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales and as a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. In 2004 she delivered the Adorno-Lectures in Frankfurt; in 2013, she was awarded the Anneliese-Maier-Research Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation. In her research, Illouz looks at the influence of capitalism and mass media on emotions and relationships in modern society. Among her numerous book publications: Consuming the Romantic Utopia: Love and the Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism (1997); The Culture of Capitalism (2002, Hebrew); Oprah Winfrey and the Glamour of Misery (2003); Cold Intimacies (2007); Saving the Modern Soul: Therapy, Emotions, and the Culture of Self-Help (2008); Why Love Hurts (2012) and Hard-Core Romance: „Fifty Shades of Grey”, Best-Sellers, and Society (2014). Additionally, Illouz writes for Haaretz, Die Zeit and Philosophie Magazin.