In 2010, pioneering sociologist Catherine Hakim shocked the world with a provocative new theory: In addition to the three recognized personal assets (economic, cultural, and social capital), each individual has a fourth asset - erotic capital - that he or she can, and should, use to advance within society.
In this bold and controversial book, Hakim explores the applications and significance of erotic capital, challenging the disapproval meted out to women and men who use sex appeal to get ahead in life. Social scientists have paid little serious attention to these modes of personal empowerment, despite overwhelming evidence of their importance. In Erotic Capital, Hakim marshals a trove of research to show that rather than degrading those who employ it, erotic capital represents a powerful and potentially equalizing tool - one that we scorn only to our own detriment.
©2011 Catherine Hakim (P)2012 Gildan Media Corp
"This enthusiastic book...succeeds in marrying economics with eros." (Publishers Weekly)
"Poets and novelists have always sensed that sexual attractiveness is a kind of capital.... But few sociologists have studied erotic capital outside the marriage market.... Hakim's concept of erotic capital...offers insight into an age that has, as Philip Larkin once put it, 'burst into fulfillment's desolate attic.'" (Financial Times, London)
I had 3 problems with this book.
1. lots of other peoples work and views are discussed but not attributed. it makes me nervous when she refers to nameless studies or generic feminists. Am i supposed to take her word for it?
2. this needed editing as it reads like a draft. it contains repetition and points do not naturally flow. it makes it difficult to follow.
3. there is a subjective "how things should be" implicit throughout and explicit at the end. by the logic of this book, japanese schoolgirls should seek to maximise their value as sex workers and rape is ok if the victim gets a gift. if a psychopath were to produce a theory on sex, this would be it.
"Worth a Read"
The book was solid. It's relatively quick and will provoke discussion. Reviews on Amazon will do the content more justice.
The recording and the narrator are the weak point. Neither is intolerable, but the recording is poorly spliced while the narrator butchers any French words or names, which are surprisingly common.
"An promising idea and intro to the subject"
Anyone who reads this book will likely love parts of it and hate others. I suspect it could be great material for a social science course despite the lack of intext citations (the kindle version does have a bibleography). The core idea is provacative and many important social science theories are introduced and discussed in such a way that could serve as a great introduction to those theorists. the book is perpetually controversial and would likely arouse fantastic discussions while providing a chance for critical consideration of her interpretations of certain studies, some of which sound overgeneralized and oversimplified but may serve as excellent teaching points. I would recomend getting the kindle version with audio to gain access to the bibleography and notes as you will likely want to examine her sources for yourself.
the recording itself had some problems for me and some of the audio editing was sloppy. for those with a kindle fire using the text to speach wouldnt be that much worse than the audiobook version.
"Good Stuff, But Did Gloria Steinem Write This?!"
I'd give it an 8.5 out of 10.
Examples. I've bore witness to a lot of the examples given.
Yes. She's a good, eloquent speaker.
Uniforms: how to thwart the threat of erotic capital use. Pure genius.
Tone down all the bra-burning battle-cries for the sake of easier digestion.
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