The School of Thinking and Feeling

The Class of Love

2010-11

 
 

Love and Globalization

Kate Hollett

Head of Class


Johanna Gunther

Resident of Love


Interns of Love


Simon

Feyzan

Linda

Egor

Theodora

Leonie

Judith

Matthias

Andrea

Erika

Michael

Corinna

Lisa-Christin

Madlen

Astrid

Severin

Ann-Kathrin

Jasmin

Janick

Sven

Pia

Jelena

Philipp

Lea

Torsten

Sonja


Sharing Love...

Research Project: Love in the Time of Globalization

-  Judith


Initial interest/questions: To what extend are cross-cultural relationships different from relationships in one culture group?

What importance and effects do differing linguistic and cultural backgrounds have on cross-cultural relationships?

Does globalization coincide with the increasing number of cross-cultural couples?


Background research

TERM                        ISSUE OF RESEARCH

globalization            definition

dimensions              (social, economic, political)

effects                     (social structures, value systems, 

                                  migration schemes)

love                           construct of love (cultural differences)

                                  expectations and conditions towards love        

                                 (influence through family background,

                                  religion, social structure)

                                  expressing love  (non-linguistically,    

                                  verbally, children’s way of expressing

                                  love)

cross-cultural            borders of culture groups (linguistic,

                                 topographic)

cr.-cult. relationship  family perception (conflicts, tolerance)

                                 varying definitions of intimacy

                                 foreignness /strangeness /diversity in            

                                 relationship

                                 organisation of cross-cultural love (social

                                 media)

                                 patterns, perceptions and attitudes in    

                                 cross-cultural couples    

                                 intercultural communication schemes


Research resources -  book research, qualitative face-to-face interviews, quantitative written inquiry.

Hypothesis


1     Cross-cultural couples feel enriched by their different cultural background in terms of a greater diversity of perspectives and are going with this less often confronted with reaching a point of a tedium state in a relationship.


2     Differing cultural backgrounds cause conflicts and problems in a relationship about communication and expectations and attitudes towards the relationship.


3     Globalization causes an increase in the number of cross-cultural couples.


4     Differing mother tongues in a relationship affect the emotions connected with the linguistic commitment of the love for the partner.   4.1 One of the languages becomes the predominant language of communication in the relationship.


Research process book research:

-background research, analyzing connected/similar research or surveys conducted identification of sample/possible problems for survey

-development/construction of inquiry and interview(operationalization of theoretical constructs and relations in hypothesis)

-execution of survey

-photo essay production

-analysis and comparison of results of research with hypothesis


media used - photography, sound (stock-motion-video)