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Living Apart Relationships in Contemporary Europe: Accounts of Togetherness and Apartness

Stoilova, M and Roseneil, S and Crowhurst, I and Hellesund, T and Santos, AC (2014) 'Living Apart Relationships in Contemporary Europe: Accounts of Togetherness and Apartness.' Sociology, 48 (6). 1075 - 1091. ISSN 0038-0385

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Abstract

© The Author(s) 2014. Drawing on a European cross-national biographical-narrative study of intimate life, this article discusses the complexity of experiences of ‘togetherness’ and ‘apartness’ amongst people in living apart relationships. We explore the five main ways in which interviewees spoke about and understood their current living apart relationships (as: chosen; temporary; transitional; undecided; and unrecognisable), which we argue shows the need for a broader conceptualisation of this form of intimate relationship than is suggested by the established notion of ‘living apart together’. The article points to interviewees’ varying experiences of receiving or being denied recognition and acceptance by others as belonging to a couple, as well as to their differing degrees of desire for, or rebellion against, expectations that living apart relationships should ‘progress’ towards cohabitation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
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Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2015 11:07
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2019 20:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13924

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