Conceptualising the Romantic Relationship

  • Jana Baćević Department of Ethnology and Anthropology Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade
romantic relationship, romantic love, pure relationship, social elites, social reproduction, transition


This paper approaches the phenomenon of the "romantic relationship" as understood within some of the most prominent paradigms in the social sciences. These interpretative frameworks are then applied to the model of the romantic relationship acquired during my own research on the concepts of romantic relationships among young professionals in Belgrade, Serbia. I argue that none of the presented frameworks can be solely relied upon to explain the phenomenon, but that in combination they do offer very valuable insights. This represents an example of how the application of different paradigms in social sciences can help to clarify the nature of a phenomenon, rather than representing a ground for contestation.


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How to Cite
Baćević, Jana. 2008. “Conceptualising the Romantic Relationship”. Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology 3 (3), 63-79.