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

    Stoilova, Mariya and Roseneil, Sasha and Carter, J. and Duncan, S. and Philips, M. (2016) Constructions, reconstructions and deconstructions of ‘family’ amongst people who live apart together (LATs). British Journal of Sociology 68 (1), pp. 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’.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Living apart together (LAT), family, intimacy, friends, personal life
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Research Centre: Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MAMSIE), Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2016 14:05
    Last Modified: 03 Nov 2017 09:49
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/14432

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