Erotic Capital

  • by Catherine Hakim
  • Narrated by Lisa Cordileone
  • 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 2010, pioneering sociologist Catherine Hakim shocked the world with a provocative new theory: In addition to the three recognized personal assets (economic, cultural, and social capital), each individual has a fourth asset - erotic capital - that he or she can, and should, use to advance within society.
In this bold and controversial book, Hakim explores the applications and significance of erotic capital, challenging the disapproval meted out to women and men who use sex appeal to get ahead in life. Social scientists have paid little serious attention to these modes of personal empowerment, despite overwhelming evidence of their importance. In Erotic Capital, Hakim marshals a trove of research to show that rather than degrading those who employ it, erotic capital represents a powerful and potentially equalizing tool - one that we scorn only to our own detriment.


What the Critics Say

“This enthusiastic book…succeeds in marrying economics with eros.” (Publishers Weekly)
“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.’” (Financial Times, London)


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Customer Reviews

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Worth a Read

The book was solid. It's relatively quick and will provoke discussion. Reviews on Amazon will do the content more justice.

The recording and the narrator are the weak point. Neither is intolerable, but the recording is poorly spliced while the narrator butchers any French words or names, which are surprisingly common.
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- David

An promising idea and intro to the subject

Anyone who reads this book will likely love parts of it and hate others. I suspect it could be great material for a social science course despite the lack of intext citations (the kindle version does have a bibleography). The core idea is provacative and many important social science theories are introduced and discussed in such a way that could serve as a great introduction to those theorists. the book is perpetually controversial and would likely arouse fantastic discussions while providing a chance for critical consideration of her interpretations of certain studies, some of which sound overgeneralized and oversimplified but may serve as excellent teaching points. I would recomend getting the kindle version with audio to gain access to the bibleography and notes as you will likely want to examine her sources for yourself.
the recording itself had some problems for me and some of the audio editing was sloppy. for those with a kindle fire using the text to speach wouldnt be that much worse than the audiobook version.
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- Alex Nelson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-30-2012
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC