Sex, love and security: accounts of distance and commitment in LAT relationships

Carter, J., Duncan, S., Stoilova, M. and Phillips, M. (2015) Sex, love and security: accounts of distance and commitment in LAT relationships. Sociology. ISSN 0038-0385.

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Abstract

Drawing on a 2011 national survey and 50 semi-structured interviews, we explore the differing ways in which those in living apart together (LAT) relationships discuss and experience notions of commitment . We found that sexual exclusivity in LAT is expected by the large majority, regardless of their reasons for living apart. The majority of the interviewees also expressed a high degree of commitment to their partner in terms of love, care and intimacy, as well an appreciation of the increased freedom and autonomy that living apart has to offer. Respondents were divided into four groups according to their perceived commitment: 1. Autonomous commitment, 2. Contingent commitment, 3. Ambivalent commitment, and 4. Limited commitment. Despite differing degrees of commitment, however, the overall finding was that the importance of relating and making relational decisions was central, even in the lives of those living in such unconventional relationship styles.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Julia Carter
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2015 15:42
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2016 10:08
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13067

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