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Title: Living Apart Relationships in Contemporary Europe: Accounts of Togetherness and Apartness
Authors: Stoilova, M. 
Roseneil, S. 
Crowhurst, I. 
Hellesund, T. 
Santos, A. C. 
Keywords: Biographical-narrative interviews; Cohabitation; Couple relationship; Intimacy; Living apart together; Recognition
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Sage Publications
Project: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/338452/EU 
Serial title, monograph or event: Sociology
Volume: 48
Issue: 6
Place of publication or event: London
Abstract: 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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/33137
ISSN: 0038-0385 (print)
1469-8684 (online)
DOI: 10.1177/0038038514523697
10.1177/0038038514523697
Rights: openAccess
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