The power of love has become a renewed matter of feminist and non-feminist attention in the 21st century’s theory debates. What is this power? Is it a form of domination? Or is it a liberating force in our contemporary societies?

Within Feminism and the Power of Love lies the central argument that, although love is a crucial site of gendered power asymmetries, it is also a vital source of human empowerment that we cannot live without. Instead of emphasizing "either-or", this enlightening title puts the dualities and contradictions of love center stage. Indeed, by offering various theoretical perspectives on what makes love such a central value and motivator for people, this title will increase one’s understanding as to why love can keep people in its grip - even when practiced in ways that deplete and oppress. In light of such analyses, the contributions within Feminism and the Power of Love present new perspectives on the conditions and characteristics of non-oppressive, mutually enhancing ways of loving.

Bridging the gap between Feminist Affect Studies and Feminist Love Studies, this book will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, including postdoctoral researchers, interested in fields such as women’s and gender studies, sociology, political science, philosophy, cultural studies and sexuality studies.

chapter 1|12 pages

The power of love

Towards an interdisciplinary and multi-theoretical feminist love studies
ByLena Gunnarsson, Adriana García-Andrade, Anna G. Jónasdóttir

part I|60 pages

Questioning love and power

chapter 2|22 pages

The difference that love (power) makes 1

ByAnna G. Jónasdóttir

chapter 3|19 pages

Alienation in love

Is mutual love the solution?
ByAnn Ferguson

part II|42 pages

Love and affect

chapter 5|21 pages

Love as affective energy

75Where feminist love studies meets feminist affect theory
ByMargaret E. Toye

chapter 6|20 pages

From murderous love to worldly love?

Affect theory, violence against women, and the materiality of love
ByKathleen B. Jones

part III|73 pages

Togetherness and its forms

chapter 7|21 pages

Feminist visions and socio-political meanings of non-monogamous love

ByJustyna Szachowicz Sempruch

chapter 8|18 pages

The invisible ties We share

A relational analysis of the contemporary loving couple 1
ByAdriana García-Andrade, Olga Sabido-Ramos

chapter 9|14 pages

Silent love

On Irigaray’s suggestion of cultivating sexual difference 1
BySilvia Stoller

chapter 10|19 pages

Love, feminism and dialectics

Repairing splits in theory and practice
ByLena Gunnarsson