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Single on Valentine’s Day and happily so
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Single on Valentine’s Day and happily so

Single on Valentine's Day and happily so Single and happy on Valentine’s Day/ anandaBGD via Getty Images Collections E+ Elizabeth Brake, Rice University In this pandemic year, many Americans are focused on how to have a socially distanced romantic dinner or prepare the perfect date night at home. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating romantic love, but the focus on such celebrations drowns out the voices of those who are fine as they are - single and happily so. As I’ve argued in my research on the ethics and politics of the family, social practices that celebrate romance, while ignoring the joys of friendship and solitude, reflect widespread assumptions. One is that everyone is seeking a romantic relationship. The second is more value-laden...
Christmas markets: their long history and changing future
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Christmas markets: their long history and changing future

Christmas markets: their long history and changing future The 2019 Christmas market in Birmingham, UK. Shanae Ennis-Melhado/Shutterstock Aurélie Bröckerhoff, Coventry University and Cristina Galalae, University of Leicester Wooden huts with twinkling fairy lights, festive hubbub, and the aromas of roasted chestnuts and glühwein – this picture-postcard setting is recreated annually across UK towns and cities in December. This year, however, most Christmas markets have been cancelled, meaning that 2020 will be a year without urban festive cheer. But even before the pandemic, Christmas markets in the UK were at a crossroads – despite their growing popularity and economic relevance. Rising costs, concerns over authenticity and safety issues looked ...