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    Living apart together: uncoupling intimacy and co-residence

    Duncan, S. and Phillips, M. and Roseneil, Sasha and Carter, J. and Stoilova, Mariya (2013) Living apart together: uncoupling intimacy and co-residence. The Sociology Teacher 3 (1), pp. 4-11. ISSN 2052-3181.

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    Over a fifth of those normally classified as “single” are actually in a relationship but not living with their partner – which is 9% of adults in Britain. Similar figures are found in much of Western Europe, North America and Australasia. This sizeable minority has only recently been recognized by social researchers, even though people have long been having relationships without moving in together. This “discovery” of “living apart together” (LAT) relationships has not, however, yet been replicated in the worlds of official statistics, formal institutions, government policy and the law. Rather, it is usually taken for granted that “single” in residential terms means “without a partner” in relationship terms. But this assumption will be incorrect about a fifth of the time.


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