Popular Culture, Schooling, and Everyday Life

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Chapter 9
ENGENDERING COUPLES: THE SUBJECT OF DAYTIME TELEVISION

Mimi White

Q. Is there one "ultimately right" person for us?

A. No. This is one of the great fallacies surrounding romantic love.

◆The quotation can be appropriated as a figure for a broader range of sociocultural discourse. The exchange comes from The Romantic Love Question and Answer Book, 1 one of dozens -- even hundreds -- of books dealing with romance, love, intimacy, and marriage and published in the last decade for a mass reading public. In a condensed formulation, this citation expresses many of the assumptions Informing the contemporary production of interpersonal relations -- especially "the couple" and "the nuclear family" -- as an object of investigation. This particular book situates romantic love as an Important topic and an organizing theme, even as it purports to demystify and update our understanding of romantic love in line with the demands of modern life.


THE RELATIONSHIP MONSTER 2 AND POPULAR MEDIA

The book casts its investigation in the form of a dialogue, moving between two positions, one speaker expressing a general curiosity, the other expert authority. The familiar tone of conversation, along with the constant shifts in

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