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Trajectories of love: Affective reciprocity during kissing in the everyday life of romantic couples
Tampere Univ, Finland.
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4580-3002
2023 (English)In: Journal of Pragmatics, ISSN 0378-2166, E-ISSN 1879-1387, Vol. 214, p. 38-53Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study inspects the interactional emergence of affective reciprocity-the mutual ex-change of affection-in the everyday life of romantic couples in their homes. It utilizes video analysis of naturally occurring interactions to uncover how affective reciprocity is accomplished in and through trajectories of love or interaction trajectories ending up in kissing or touching in an affectionate manner. A detailed empirical analysis demonstrates that affective reciprocity during such trajectories is nascent in the participants similar and equivalent ways of attuning to one another via aligning expressions of affection. A distinct feature of affective reciprocity during trajectories of love is that its participants do not simply agree and respond to kiss or touch, but show their willingness to do so, and display enjoyment when it happens. Utilizing Merleau-Pontys (1962, 1964a) ideas on love, and his theory on the intercorporeality of bodies, the study proposes that love can be viewed as an affectionate we-relationship that becomes salient in moment-by-moment acts of affective reciprocity occurring during mundane interactions.& COPY; 2023 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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ELSEVIER , 2023. Vol. 214, p. 38-53
Keywords [en]
Kissing trajectories; Affective reciprocity; Romantic couples; Intercorporeality; Love; Video analysis
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Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-197578DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2023.06.010ISI: 001041895500001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-197578DiVA, id: diva2:1795923
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Funding Agencies|Emil Aaltonen Foundation Post Doc grant "When love is not enough: Touch and affective practices as resources for a successful romantic relationship"; Linkoping University, Child Studies Department

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