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Intersections of gender, sexuality, race and age in the privileging of coupledom

Gilchrist, Kate ORCID: 0000-0003-1316-3493 (2015) Intersections of gender, sexuality, race and age in the privileging of coupledom. Engenderings (13 Apr 2015). Website.

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Earlier this year LSE held an event to commemorate the sociologist Ulrich Beck. Beck was prominent in developing the theory of reflexive modernity and the related concept of the transformation of intimacy. Such a theory suggests that postmodern society is characterised by diversification, freedom and fluidity within intimate relationships where non-traditional forms of love are being reflexively constructed into ‘elective affinities’. Yet singledom, defined here as an intimate life not organised by a serious or long-term, monogamous relationship, remains – 20 years on from Beck – inherently deprivileged within relationship discourses. Indeed, the coupledom/singledom divide is firmly in place and little eroded.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s)
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
Date Deposited: 24 May 2017 10:19
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2021 23:22

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