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    Living apart together in contemporary Europe: accounts of togetherness and apartness

    Stoilova, Mariya and Roseneil, Sasha and Crowhurst, Isabel and Hellesund, T. and Santos, A.C. (2014) Living apart together in contemporary Europe: accounts of togetherness and apartness. Sociology 48 (6), pp. 1075-1091. ISSN 0038-0385.

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    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
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): biographical-narrative interviews, cohabitation, couple relationship, intimacy, living apart together, recognition
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MAMSIE), Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2014 10:31
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:14


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