On the other side of couplehood: single women in Sweden exploring life without a partner
2013 (English)In: Families, Relationships and Societies, ISSN 2046-7435, Vol. 2, no 1, 61-78 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article describes Swedish women’s experiences of life as single. Data showed that singlehood was not actively chosen but rather a situation that participants ended up in due to separation from a partner. However, once single, participants chose to remain single. The lack of gender equality in traditional cohabiting couplehood made participants wary about entering a new cohabiting couple relationship. Living apart together (LAT) relationships were identified as a possible way to combine gender-equal intimacy with personal freedom and independence. Data suggested that the increased number of single women may not necessarily point to an increased desirability of singleness per se, nor to a rejection of coupled intimacy. Singlehood was rather a rejection of the limitations associated with cohabiting couplehood. The article highlights the importance of the Swedish welfare state for making it possible for women toremain single, even those with dependent children.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Policy Press, 2013. Vol. 2, no 1, 61-78 p.
single women, Sweden, LAT, couplehood, welfare state
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-66128DOI: 10.1332/204674313X664707OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-66128DiVA: diva2:605723