Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life

Couple Relationships in the 21st Century

Research, Policy, Practice

Authors: Gabb, Jacqui, Fink, Janet

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  • Offers a unique window on the intimate world of contemporary couple relationshipsIncludes a vast, original quantitative dataset
  • Provides indicators for clinicians for ways to help couples who wish to become more loving in their relationships
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This book presents an incisive and engaging account of love, intimacy and personal life in contemporary Western society. The authors draw on rich qualitative and large-scale survey data to explore how couples communicate with each other, negotiate the pressures and pleasures of parenthood, and the vagaries of sexual desire and intimacy across life course. Focusing on ‘the everyday’, Couple Relationships in the 21st Century unpicks the ordinary and often mundane relationship work that goes into sustaining a relationship over time, breaking down the dichotomy between enduring relationships of quality and good enough or endured relationships. It contests the separation of couples into distinct relationship types – defined through age, parenthood or sexuality. Looking through the lens of relationship practices it is clear that there is no ‘normal couple’: couples are what couples do.

With a foreword by Dr Reenee Singh, Director, London Intercultural Couples Centre and Co-Director, Tavistock Family Therapy and Systemic Research Centre, this new extended edition provides an invaluable critical insight on contemporary experiences of coupledom and will be essential reading for scholars and students, clinicians working in couple and family therapy, and those involved in relationship support services.

About the authors

Jacqui Gabb is Professor of Sociology and Intimacy in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The Open University, UK.

Janet Fink is Professor of Childhood and Personal Relationships in the School of Education and Professional Development at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

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“The aim of the study is to examine the lived experience of couples who do the difficult work of keeping their partnerships alive, nurturing, honest and growing. … I highly recommend Gabb and Fink’s Couple Relationships in the 21st Century. The work is an ideal resource for all disciplines … that have an impact on the public, private, and practice orientations of couples research and couple support services.” (Katherine R. Allen, Journal of Family Theory & Review, Vol. 9 (1), March, 2017) 


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Couple Relationships in the 21st Century
Book Subtitle
Research, Policy, Practice
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-59698-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-59698-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-59697-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXI, 175
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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