Seduction in Popular Culture, Psychology, and Philosophy

Seduction in Popular Culture, Psychology, and Philosophy

Constantino Martins (Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal) and Manuel Damásio (Lusófona University, Portugal)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: August, 2016|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 332
ISBN13: 9781522505259|ISBN10: 1522505253|EISBN13: 9781522505266|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0525-9


Seduction is a complicated concept that is a part of the general human experience. Despite the prevalence of seduction in our personal lives as well as within popular culture, the concept has not been widely discussed and researched as an academic field.

Seduction in Popular Culture, Psychology, and Philosophy explores the concept of seduction and the many ways it can be understood, either as a social and individual practice, a psychological trait, or a schema for manipulation. Taking a cross-disciplinary approach, this publication features research-based chapters relevant to sociologists, media professionals, psychologists, philosophers, advertising professionals, researchers, and graduate level students studying in related areas.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Cinema Studies
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Media Studies
  • Mutually Assured Destruction
  • Rhetoric
  • Social Psychology
  • Willpower

Reviews and Testimonials

While ubiquitous in the human realm, seduction remains relatively untouched by academia. Regarding seduction as a natural part of the romantic/sexual process, but with a touch of deceit, the Editors expand the discourse with a variety of approaches: political, philosophical, psychological, and artistic; through a collection of academic essays that promote deeper understanding of the concept and depict the theoretical and conceptual potential in opening new avenues of reflection and discussion from interdisciplinary viewpoints.

– Protoview Reviews

Organized into three main sections, this collection of essays outlines theories and provides examples of seduction in these three disciplinary realms. Written by a selection of scholars primarily from Brazil and Portugal, but with representation from the United Kingdom, Japan, and Turkey, the works that serve as foundations for the essays come from the relevant disciplines’ canons. Psychology-focused essays cite Freud and Jung; Plato, Hegel, and Derrida represent philosophy; and we see references to sociologists Baudrillard and Schor.

– Professor Amanda Izenstark, Reference and Instructional Design Librarian at the University of Rhode Island, as reviewed for American Reference Books Annual

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Constantino Pereira Martins’s academic interests cover an area of research at the intersection of Theology, Political Philosophy, Cinema and Aesthetics. Graduation and Master in Philosophy. Currently PhD student at Nova University of Lisbon with the support of FCT Foundation. His present investigation is focused on Humor and Comedy. The research is building a relation between Cinema and Philosophy, aiming for both theoretical and pragmatic approach. The analysis of Humor seeks to understand its profligacy and founding disruption. Regarding the aesthetic movement, the aim is to build a general theory of genre, in the subversive loop that animates the search for the radicalism and impurity of humour. In the dilemma of identity, between subjectivity and the collective, the cinematic effects will be targeted towards the analysis of Chaplin and Woody Allen.
Manuel José Damásio is the Head of the Film and Media Arts Department at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias in Lisbon, Portugal. He Holds a Phd from Universidade Nova de Lisboa and a Msc from Napier University in the Uk. He has worked extensively in the areas of media and audiences research and is the author of more than 50 articles in international journals with peer review and 25 chapters in peer reviewed international handbooks. He’s the author of two books on media theory and digital media. He’s currently the principal investigator in one h2020 and two Erasmus + research and training projects.