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Constructions, reconstructions and deconstructions of ‘family’ amongst people who live apart together (LATs)

Stoilova, Mariya and Roseneil, Sasha and Carter, Julia and Duncan, Simon and Phillips, Miranda (2017) 'Constructions, reconstructions and deconstructions of ‘family’ amongst people who live apart together (LATs).' The British Journal of Sociology, 68 (1). 78 - 96. ISSN 0007-1315

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Abstract

This article explores how people who live apart from their partners in Britain describe and understand ‘family’. It investigates whether, and how far, non‐cohabiting partners, friends, ‘blood’ and legal ties are seen as ‘family’, and how practices of care and support, and feelings of closeness are related to these constructions. It suggests that people in LAT relationships creatively draw and re‐draw the boundaries of family belonging in ways that involve emotionally subjective understandings of family life, and that also refer to normative constructions of what ‘family’ ought to be, as well as to practical recognitions of lived family ‘realities’. This often involves handling uncertainties about what constitutes ‘family’.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Living apart together (LAT), family, intimacy, friends, personal life
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Sasha Roseneil
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2016 08:59
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2018 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17644

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