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Erotic Capital


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Catherine Hakim is a sociologist and Professor at the London School of Economics. An expert on women's employment and family policy and the author of numerous books and more than one hundred papers on social science, she lives in London.


Publishers Weekly "This enthusiastic book...succeeds in marrying economics with eros." Financial Times (London) "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.'" The Observer (London) "An extremely important new socio-economic concept...Hakim's real argument is that in modern consumer societies the ways we define success (and hence the ingredients needed to achieve it) are becoming more fluid. Intelligence may still be one path do doing well...but there's been an explosion of other routes...In marketing, public relations, television, even the law and banking, being physically attractive is the way to get ahead."

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