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Ambivalence and Living Apart Together in Later Life: A Critical Research Proposal
Department of Sociology, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Global Studies. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2971-7393
Mid Sweden University.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Marriage and Family, ISSN 0022-2445, E-ISSN 1741-3737, Vol. 79, no 5, 1404-1418 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Most unattached older persons who would like an intimate partnership do not want to remarry or be in a marriage-like relationship. A growing trend is to live apart together (LAT) in an ongoing intimate relationship that does not include a common home. We address the debate about whether LAT constitutes a new form of intimate relationship in a critical assessment of research on LAT relationships that applies ambivalence and concepts from the life course perspective. We conclude that among older but not younger adults, LAT relationships are generally a stable alternative to living with a partner, negotiated in the context of current social institutions and arrangements. We propose research questions that address later life living apart together as an innovative alternative intimate relationship. We encourage comparative work on the unique challenges of later life living apart together, their implications for other family ties, and their connection to social and cultural arrangements.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2017. Vol. 79, no 5, 1404-1418 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-36741DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12417Local ID: HLKGlobalaIS, HHJSALVEISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-36741DiVA: diva2:1127680
Available from: 2017-07-18 Created: 2017-07-18 Last updated: 2017-09-08Bibliographically approved

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