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Real Sex FilmsThe New Intimacy and Risk in Cinema$
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John Tulloch and Belinda Middleweek

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190244606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190244606.001.0001

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The Transformation of Intimacy

The Transformation of Intimacy

Sexuality and Risk in Modernity

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(p.27) 2 The Transformation of Intimacy
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Real Sex Films
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John Tulloch

Belinda Middleweek

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190244606.003.0003

In chapter 2 different voices and theories are in dialogue. First, by exploring and critiquing risk sociology through Beck’s notion of “reflexive modernization,” Strydom’s extension of Beck’s thesis, Giddens’s observation of the contradictions between experts, Beck and Beck-Gernsheim’s “normal chaos of love,” and Giddens’s understanding of the transformation of intimacy within risk modernity, the chapter draws attention to the critical assumptions underlying this “new risk” position and how it can be strengthened and extended within media/cultural studies. Second, the chapter explores film reviewing and current film theory through scholar Linda Williams’s work on “cinema and the sex act,” emphasizing bodily performance and aesthetic form, and via literary scholar Raymond Williams’s understanding of naturalism, emotional realism, and the secularization of intimacy, especially in his notion of “structures of feeling.” The arrival of the underclass stranger in the real sex film Romance is considered in this context.

Keywords:   risk sociology, reflexive modernization, Ulrich Beck, The Normal Chaos of Love, Anthony Giddens, The Transformation of Intimacy, Linda Williams, emotional realism, Raymond Williams, structures of feeling

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