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Love, Intimacy and PowerMarriage and Patriarchy in Scotland, 1650–1850$
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Katie Barclay

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719084904

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719084904.001.0001

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The construction of patriarchy: love, obligation and obedience

The construction of patriarchy: love, obligation and obedience

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Love, Intimacy and Power

Katie Barclay

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the various meanings of love within a Scottish marriage from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, discussing how people used the language of love within their correspondence, and arguing that constructions of love were deeply implicated in the operation of patriarchy. Cultural historians, such as Irving Singer and Niklas Luhman, have attempted to describe how the meaning of love in Western Europe has changed over time. There is a tendency in such writing to only think about the concept in the abstract. As a result, different meanings of love that affected people's emotional lives and their implications for people's relationships are also discussed. More seriously for a study of power systems, and despite observations by feminists that Romantic love reinforced patriarchy, there has been little consideration of how different interpretations of love shaped how women and men viewed each other.

Keywords:   Scottish marriage, love, obligation and obedience, Irving Singer, Niklas Luhman, power systems, patriarchy

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