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Love. Culturally Specific or Universal?

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What is love? Can it be defined? Is it a universal sentiment everywhere similar, or is it declined by various cultures in specific historically shaped forms? Does it have a history? Shall it be specified by complementary adjectives like in the notions of ‘romantic’ , ‘passionate’ or ‘erotic’ love? Is love an instinct and a part of our ‘nature’ , or is it educated and belongs to the domain of culture? While the question of the balance between nature and nurture is a classic one in the study of emotions, the notion of love is specific with regard to the unusually large number of issues that it covers. As observes the psychologist James Averill.

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Pettier, JB. (2019). Love. Culturally Specific or Universal?. In: Kappelhoff, H., Bakels, JH., Lehmann, H., Schmitt, C. (eds) Emotionen. J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-476-05353-4_29

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