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Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life

Couple Relationships in the 21st Century

Authors: Gabb, J., Fink, J.

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Who and how we love may be changing but our desire to be in a relationship endures. This book presents an incisive account of how couples experience, understand and sustain long-term relationships, exploring the emotional, practical and biographical resources that couples draw on, across the life course.

About the authors

Jacqui Gabb is Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University, UK.
 
Janet Fink is Professor of Childhood Studies in the School of Education and Professional Development at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

Reviews

“Couple Relationships in the 21st Century is an important contribution to the study of intimacy and relationships in general, especially regarding methods, and to the study of couples in particular. It succeeds in being critical towards the popular therapeutic – and sociological – narrative of ‘good couples’, while at the same time also offering the reader a deeply felt sense of why so many people still choose to live in couples.” (Sara Eldén, Acta Sociologica, Vol. 59 (1), 2016)

“This insightful and engaging book emerges from a research project called Enduring Love … . It focuses on the everyday social features of loving. What is so brilliant and refreshing about this book is the way it undermines the eteronormative assumptions beneath the idea of ‘the couple’. … This book has a rare quality, for it not only documents sociologically the experience of enduring love; it also offers … tips on how we might live and love differently.” (Les Back, Network, Issue 121, 2015)


"[This book] offers a unique window on the intimate world of contemporary couple relationships. The nuanced descriptions of couple interactions [ ] reveal the everyday gestures and small acts of kindness which enable partners to sustain their relationship through thick and thin. By extending our understanding of the personalised meanings and conceptions of love and the seemingly mundane nature of relationship practices - what couples do - within the home, this book will be invaluable to all those working with couples to enhance or repair a fragile relationship." - Janet Walker OBE, Newcastle University, UK

"This important, accessible and engagingly written study takes the mystery out of "love" by showing how people experience and perform it in their everyday, relatable lives. The book's wisdom is that love consists very much in what people do in their interactions with each other, rather than something found only 'in the stars"; the authors convey this through the touching and often gripping voices of the people in their study, and guide us through these with their informed, scholarly insights. For academics their pioneering yet simple methodology paves the way toward further research. For a clinician there are indicators for ways to help couples who wish to become more loving in their relationships." - Professor Janet Reibstein, University of Exeter, UK

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Couple Relationships in the 21st Century
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-43443-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137434432
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-43442-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 163
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