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What's Next in Love and Sex

Psychological and Cultural Perspectives

Elaine Hatfield, Richard L. Rapson, and Jeanette Purvis

Publication Date - 16 March 2020

ISBN: 9780190647162

300 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock


What's Next in Love and Sex is a comprehensive examination of contemporary academic findings relating to all matters of the mind, body, and heart. Inspired by questions asked by students, the book covers cutting-edge topics so new that they are rarely addressed in current sexuality texts, providing insight into modern trends such as hookup culture, virtual pornography, robots, apps, and online dating as they evolve in this day and age.

Written by one of the pioneers of love and sex research, Elaine Hatfield, along with historian Richard Rapson and social psychologist Jeannette Purvis, this book uses contemporary scientific findings to provide an updated and relevant explanation for why we do the things we do when we're in love, searching for love, making love, or trying to keep a faltering relationship together. Combining rigorous scholarship with an accessible and entertaining style, no other book will give college students and academics alike such a developed understanding of contemporary love and sex.


  • Provides comprehensive and scientific examination of cutting-edge topics such as dating apps and virtual pornography that are not covered in typical sexuality textbooks
  • Synthesizes rigorous scholarship on contemporary sexuality and makes it accessible to college students
  • Co-written by leaders in the field with input from college-aged students

About the Author(s)

Elaine Hatfield is Professor of Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and past-president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex. In 2012, she received the William James award for a Lifetime of Scientific Achievement from the Association for Psychological Science. In recent years, she has received Distinguished Scientist Awards from the University of Hawaii, the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SSSS), the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex, the International Academy for Intercultural Research, and the Alfred Kinsey Award from the Western Region of SSSS. She also recently received the Methodological Innovator Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Richard L. Rapson is a Professor of History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa; he has also taught at Amherst College and Stanford University. He has written more than a dozen books, most of which focus on the psychological side of American life, past and present. His most recent books are Amazed by Life: Confessions of a Non-religious Believer (2004) and Magical Thinking and the Decline of America (2007).

Jeanette Purvis is an adjunct lecturer in Social Psychology currently working in the private sector. Her research focuses on the intersection of modern romantic relationships and new technologies. She also works in the community as a social worker for the homeless and is a former Chandler Fellow in Public Policy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


"Elaine Hatfield and Richard Rapson have produced another tour de force on love. Hatfeld, together with Ellen Berscheid, essentially invented the field of the psychology of love. Now, years later, she, Rapson, and Purvis have reinvented the field for contemporary times. This is a book that anyone interested in love-which means, essentially, everyone-will want to read!" -- Robert J. Sternberg, Professor of Human Development, Cornell University

Table of Contents

    About the Authors

    Chapter 1. The Way We Are
    Chapter 2. The Business of Love and Sex: The History of Computer Matching from the "Happy Family Planning Service" to Tinder
    Chapter 3. The Globalization of Western Love via the Internet
    Chapter 4. Going, Going, Gone: A market View of Love and Sex
    Chapter 5. The Nature of Love: Its Ups and Downs
    Chapter 6. Sexual Behaviors
    Chapter 7. The Hookup Culture: Cultural, Social, and Gender Influences on Casual Sex
    Chapter 8. From Monogamy to Swingers and Polyamory
    Chapter 9. Pornography: The Private Enters the Public
    Chapter 10. Sex Dolls and Robots
    Chapter 11. The End of the Affair
    Chapter 12. The Future of Love and Sex

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