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Women's Agency in Living Apart Together: Constraint, Strategy and Vulnerability

Duncan, Simon

The Sociological Review, August 2015, Vol.63(3), pp.589-607 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Women's Agency in Living Apart Together: Constraint, Strategy and Vulnerability
  • Autor: Duncan, Simon
  • Assuntos: Sociology & Social History
  • É parte de: The Sociological Review, August 2015, Vol.63(3), pp.589-607
  • Descrição: Recent research suggests that women can use living apart together (LAT) for a reflexive and strategic undoing of the gendered norms of cohabitation. In this article we examine this assertion empirically, using a representative survey from Britain in 2011 and follow-up interviews. First, we find little gender differentiation in practices, expectations, or attitudes about LAT, or reasons for LAT. This does not fit in with ideas of undoing gender. Secondly, in examining how women talk about LAT in relation to gender, we distinguish three groups of ‘constrained’, ‘strategic’ and ‘vulnerable’ female interviewees. All valued the extra space and time that LAT could bring, many welcomed some release from traditional divisions of labour, and some were glad to escape unpleasant situations created by partnership with men. However, for the constrained and vulnerable groups LAT was second best, and any relaxation of gendered norms was seen as incidental and inconsequential to their major...
  • Idioma: Inglês

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