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Unlocking the Love-Lock: The History and Heritage of a Contemporary Custom

Unlocking the Love-Lock: The History and Heritage of a Contemporary Custom (Hardback)

By Houlbrook, Ceri

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A padlock is a mundane object, designed to fulfil a specific - and secular - purpose. A contemporary custom has given padlocks new significance. This custom is 'love-locking', where padlocks are engraved with names and attached to bridges in declaration of romantic commitment. Th...is custom became popular in the 2000s, and its dissemination was rapid, geographically unbound, and highly divisive, with love-locks emerging in locations as diverse as Paris and Taiwan; New York and Seoul; Melbourne and Moscow. This book explores the worldwide popularity of the love-lock as a ritual token of love and commitment by considering its history, symbolism, and heritage.
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ISBN 9781789209228
Publisher Berghahn Books
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781789209228
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Berghahn Books
Imprint Berghahn Books
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Houlbrook, Ceri
Category Cultural Studies
Number of Pages 260
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Dewey Code 306.73
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Dating Social customs, Padlocks - History, Love - Folklore
NBS Text Cultural Studies
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly;General/trade