Age-Dissimilar Couples and Romantic Relationships: Ageless by L. McKenzie PDF

By L. McKenzie

ISBN-10: 1137446765

ISBN-13: 9781137446763

In fresh years, there was a frequent fascination with age-dissimilar, heterosexual romantic relationships. This curiosity isn't new - most of these were featured in Western media for many years, even centuries - but qualitative learn into such relationships has been limited.

This ebook examines how the romantic relationships of age-dissimilar are understood. in accordance with more than a few interviews, McKenzie argues that old shifts towards higher own autonomy in associate choice, inside of relationships, and in marriage and courting dissolution were drastically overstated. via her specialize in age-dissimilar undefined, whose expanding occurrence have frequently been noticeable to join this shift, she means that those relationships are an street in which shared cultural understandings of relatedness, in addition to individualism, may be extra analysed. McKenzie argues for an procedure that emphasises cultural continuity, and which debts for complexity and contradiction in how age-dissimilar relationships and romantic love are understood.

Examining key problems with kinship, ageing and emotion, Age-Dissimilar and Romantic Relationships will entice students of Cultural and Social Anthropology, family members stories and Sociology.

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Focus groups also contained high proportions of young, female, middle-class participants. During these groups, participants discussed the three aforementioned media depictions. They also spoke about various celebrities and public figures who were engaged in age-dissimilar relationships, as well as their own experiences of these relationships. After conducting interviews and focus groups, I used my findings to formulate a survey that I distributed across the Perth metropolitan area. I delivered 500 surveys to five demographically different suburbs, between April and August of 2010.

Indeed, most people seemed to answer my questions with the underlying (and understandable) assumption that I saw their relationships as different. This circumstance 24 Age-Dissimilar Couples and Romantic Relationships could have been problematic to my argument if, for instance, I were to attempt to argue that by minimising their age differences my interviewees revealed that they saw age-dissimilar relationships negatively. However, by focusing on how interviewees argued this point and others, I avoid such issues.

The names used to refer to my interviewees throughout this book are pseudonyms. People were interviewed either separately or in couples, according to their own preferences. More than half of the time, I spoke with only one partner. Although I sought to interview both partners where possible, unfortunately this was not always feasible. Some couples had recently Researching Age-Dissimilar, Romantic Couples 23 broken up and were no longer in contact, some lived apart (occasionally in different cities, towns, or countries), and, in a few cases, one partner did not wish to be interviewed.

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