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Couple Relationships in the 21st Century

Gabb, Jacqui and Fink, Janet (2015). Couple Relationships in the 21st Century. Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Couple Relationships in the 21st Century presents an incisive and engaging account of love, intimacy and personal life in contemporary Western society. The authors draw on rich qualitative and large-scale survey data to explore how couples communicate with each other, negotiate the pressures and pleasures of parenthood, and the vagaries of sexual desire and intimacy across life course. Focusing on ‘the everyday’, this book unpicks the ordinary and often mundane relationship work that goes into sustaining a relationship over time, breaking down the dichotomy between enduring relationships of quality and good enough or endured relationships. It contests the separation of couples into distinct relationship types – defined through, age, parenthood or sexuality. Looking through the lens of relationship practices it is clear that there is no ‘normal couple’: couples are what couples do.

Item Type: Book
Copyright Holders: 2015 Jacqui Gabb and Janet Fink
ISBN: 1-137-43442-2, 978-1-137-43442-5
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Enduring Love? Understanding Long-term Adult Couple Relationships in Contemporary Britain. (D-10-021-JG)ES/I021507/1ESRC
Keywords: couple relationships; family; sex and intimacy; long-term relationships; relationship work
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 43728
Depositing User: Jacqui Gabb
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2015 09:43
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2019 14:32
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